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Paralympian and Vincent Massey PS alum speaks to students

November 06, 2018

Former Vincent Massey Public School student Andrew Genge has some advice to share about overcoming obstacles.

Fourteen years after suffering a stroke that left him paralyzed on the right side and unable to walk or talk, the snowboard athlete competed at the 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Genge will share his inspirational story with the students at his former school. He will give them a behind-the-scenes look at what life was like at the recent 2018 Paralympic Games in South Korea, and let them know what it's like to navigate a snowy mountain with a disability.

In 2017 Genge was given a boost by the Petro-Canada FACE (Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence) program. The program sees Petro-Canada, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Canadian Olympic Committee award grants ($5,000 to the athlete and $5,000 to their coach) to inspirational athletes deemed to have great potential to represent Canada at Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tomorrow's Team Canada).

After speaking with students, Genge will also help present a special framed photo - "Greatness Starts Here" - to the school on behalf of the FACE program.

Andrew Genge returns to Oshawa to share stories of triumph over adversity

Event:                  Paralympian Talks about Overcoming Adversity                

Date:                    November 15, 2018                        

Time:                   10:15 am – 11:15 am                      

Location:             Vincent Massey Public School                   

Audience:            Grades 1 - 8                       

Preferred

Media Time:      10:15 am – 11:15 am       

We encourage media to attend what promises to be a truly inspirational event.


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