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Athlete Profiles From "sport For Disabled Ontario"

Editor's Note: Editor's Note: the following article is re-printed from the Ontario Blind Sports Association website .

Ray Villeneuve

Ray Villeneuve accidentally discovered sports for the blind at the age of 49. He began his athletic career by participating in Shot Put, Discus and Javelin. He is currently the Canadian National Master B2 record holder in these three disciplines.

At age 50, Ray began powerlifting. Ray's goals are 1) to promote, at every opportunity, the tremendous benefits of an active lifestyle, especially among the disabled and, 2) to have completed a heavy workout the day before the lid of the coffin is nailed down.

Mike Tyrrell

I am very flattered to be part of the Sport for Disabled - Ontario website. Below is a brief personal history and information on my track and field performances since my inaugural foray into competitions in 1987. The picture I am enclosing belongs to my 7-year-old grandson! In 1960 I became totally blind as a result of a premature dynamite explosion in an underground mine.

About 15 years ago my life was at a point where I needed to do something different; I needed another challenge. I had to do something for me and so I began running in 1983 with the help of a sighted friend. In 1987 I entered my first track and field meet for persons with disabilities. I achieved 3 firsts, a second and a third place finish at that meet. Through the year I attained improved performances and at the 1987 Nationals, I struck Gold five times!

In sports, as in life in general, the pursuit of excellence needs to be a constant goal. As I continue to manifest this philosophy I will also strive to remain available as a resource, both for the community and for individuals in order that the dreams of others can be realized as well.

Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson was born in Picton, Ontario, one of nine children. Living outside of Picton on her family's market garden farm, gave her plenty of opportunity to run to school on the other side of town. Little did she know that running would one day be the seed of her athletic fame.

After meeting in Montreal, Sarah and Harold moved to Picton, Ontario and married in January of 1949, where she was working in her brother's store. Eventually they came to Belleville, Ontario and had two children. The active mother lost much of her sight after the birth of her second child. She continued with every activity any young mother would - homemaking, gardening, bowling as well as joining the CNIB. But on her 25'th wedding anniversary 1974, Sarah suffered a stroke that paralyzed her right side and took almost all of her remaining sight.

In 1982 Sarah claimed every Canadian record in the Blind Masters Division (+40) in the 3000 m and 100m dash, the long jump, discus, javelin and shot-put. In 1987 the Ontario Blind Sports Association named her Athlete of the Year when she became a Canadian Champion Powerlifter. In 1990 at Riverside, California she established a World Record in Squat, Benchpress, and Deadlift and was named the Best Female Powerlifter in Blind Masters (+40).

Today, Sarah holds the Canadian Masters Women's Powerlifting Championship ten times over.

I love speaking to able-bodied and handicapped adults and kids because I have something to say. As long as I have my health, I will continue doing my best. So be the best you can be - if I can do it, so can you. Don't be a quitter and never use age as an excuse. It's only a number. I am "SUPERGRANNY" but you can be "SUPER YOU"

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