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5 Time Paralympian 94, 98, 02, 06, 10

May these games be one that you will remember for years to come. As a former athlete that has had the opportunity to represent Canada on the International stage over a number of years in multiple sports and in multiple roles. I can honestly say, that each and every opportunity brought with it a unique experiences that will add to the stories that are parts of our lives.

At each and every Paralympic Games I competed in, most of the memories I have are of the people that I have met, the friendship that I made and the opportunities that usually followed. Please take this opportunity to meet the other athletes, learn from each other and most of all enjoy the games.

When I retired from competitive sport I didn’t let that stop me from staying involved. Once an athlete, always an athletes but we can all do so much more when it comes to sport. As most of you already know, it takes lots of volunteers to keep sports going so please continue to stay involved following your athletic careers and reach for the top.

I have been very fortunate to have surrounded myself with some amazing friends over the years and its because of them that I have been involved within the sporting community for over 35 years now. It doesn’t matter if its as an athlete, coach, manager or administrator we all have roles to play. You may surprise yourself how good you are at something, but you will never know unless you try. Push yourself and the ones around you to go that extra mile, and define yourself what success is and how you achieve it. Ask for help when you need it and don’t hesitate to try something new. As athletes, coaches, officials or entourage we have an unique opportunity in sports as most of them provide us with the experience to meet, travel and take each day one at a time.

As much as these National Championships are about sport and winning as a team. Don’t be afraid to also take this opportunity to give back to the sport you may love so much. When you go home, share these experiences with others so that they also may one day follow through on something they may wish to achieve. I’m happy to see that you have found success in sport at this level. I also realize that sport is not for everyone. So if you are here at these games as a supporter of a family member, friend or just stopping by, please find passion in something, follow through on your dreams and make them a reality.


Todd Nicholson Trophy


The trophy awarded to the winner of the Championship game on Sunday, May 19th is named the Todd Nicholson Trophy in honour of Todd Nicholson. The Organizing Committee on behalf all participants, spectators, sponsor and partners would like to thank Todd for taking the time out of a very busy schedule to attend the 2024 National Para Hockey Championships and present the Todd Nicolson Trophy to Sunday’s Gold Medal Winner.

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