Queen’s Winter Adaptive Games help people with disabilities – Kingston
Queen’s University volunteers came together on Saturday to give local people with disabilities a day they will never forget.
Since 1991, volunteers have come together every winter to put on an event just for people with disabilities in Kingston. The event called the Winter Adaptive Games started at the school of kinesiology.
For Rebecca Strickland, who has been attending since 2013, it’s something she looks forward to all year.
“It feels great. I’ve been waiting for this all year. I think it’s a good way for me to get away from my adult life and be like a kid,”
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Everyone from children to adults will have the opportunity to do things like play different games, make crafts, decorate cookies, and even ride a horse-drawn carriage. Everything has been prepared to be as accessible and inclusive as possible.
Winter Adaptive Games co-chair Rosalie Morrish said there were about 200 volunteers for this year’s event, nearly double the number of participants.
He said it’s no secret why people line up to help.
“I saw a lot of smiles and a lot of people running around and having a lot of fun,” Morrish said.
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Like Strickland, Justin Veenstra is a veteran of the Winter Adaptive Games.
“I feel like everyone with disabilities should come out and try to do the WAG every year,” Veenstra said.
“It made me feel amazing and like I could do anything,” Strickland added.
The event is no small feat as the volunteers and committee fundraise for the entire event, about $5,000, on their own, but Morrish said the result makes it more than worth it.
“Last year, someone petted one of the horses and said it was the best day of their lives. Very cute. We just get all these little comments,” he said.
With the 2024 Winter Adaptive Games in the books, Strickland said he’s already looking forward to 2025.
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