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The G Scott Paterson Foundation Presents: Trailblazers Track & Field Championships

Trailblazers Track and Field Championships is Toronto’s only track and field competition for children and youth with autism!

June 14 2014 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Varsity Stadium, University of Toronto
299 Bloor St W

Fee: $20.00

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Trailblazers Track & Field Championships

Geneva Centre for Autism is proud to once again host the Trailblazers Track & Field Championship: a unique opportunity for kids on the autism spectrum to enjoy the thrill of sports competition and healthy physical activity in a fun, autism-friendly environment. This event is open to all children and youth with autism aged 5-18.

Trailblazers Track & Field Championships Trailblazers Track & Field Championships

Last year, our 3rd annual Track & Field Championship welcomed over 50 children with autism as they participated in events such as the 100m dash, long jump, and football throw.  This year, in addition to the excellent line up of events we’ve had in the past, we’ve added a Sibling 100m dash!  So come one, come all to this year’s event!  We hope to see you there!

This event is made possible through the generosity of the G. Scott Paterson Foundation. The G. Scott Paterson foundation is a Canadian non-profit organization that donates primarily to charities focused on children's and young people's issues with an emphasis on education and well-being. The foundation was started by G. Scott Paterson in 2000 to give back to the community from which he has benefited as a successful Bay Street participant, investor and financier.

For questions about this event please contact Rachel Truant at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 416-322-7877 ext 254


 

A message from Sarah Campbell

A message from Sarah Campbell

I am thrilled to welcome you to Toronto’s only autism friendly and fun spirited track and field event where qualifying is not a prerequisite.

Just two years ago, the idea for the Trailblazers’ Track and Field Competition was sparked by the enthusiasm and zest for life of my children. Rather than being jealous of his sister’s athletic success, my son Rory, who has autism, has been thrilled by her track and field endeavours. He counts down the days, "Four more days until track and field Georgia"..."Three more days"...and with a big grin he exclaims, "It's track and field day Georgia!!"

Rory adores life. To my delight he has also expressed enthusiasm to be an active participant in sports. Our family has been fortunate because Rory has had a positive sport experience at his Toronto District School Board school. With support and nurturing, he has been able to take part in cross country events. Track and field events at school however are not designed to accommodate the issues that he and other young people with autism live with every day.

As a result of Rory’s gross motor, sensory and communication limitations, he experiences the world differently. Those differences make it hard for him to communicate with others and is unable to react to things going on around him in the way other children would.

On a spring day when my daughter was competing in track and field excellently and happily, I envisioned Varsity stadium full of children and teens with autism, running like champions and winning medals. I knew immediately who to call to seek advice and feedback on how to make this event for kids with autism possible. I called the professionals at Geneva Centre for Autism (GCA), Toronto’s leading autism service organization that has provided vital services to my son for 10 years. I was thrilled to receive incredibly supportive feedback from the staff of the Centre.

Now here we are and soon Varsity Stadium will host a large group of young people with autism and their families having the time of their lives, learning vital life sustaining skills and establishing important relationships