Variety Village is proud to be the home of several sport teams, all part of the Variety Village Athletic Club (VVAC). The VVAC gives children of all abilities the chance to be active, competitive and discover their potential.
Children, youth, and adults competing as members of integrated sports teams see many benefits: developing both muscle and self-esteem, learning coordination, making new friends, and learning to see abilities rather than disabilities. Since 1982, the teams of the VVAC have provided the perfect training ground for athletes who go on to compete at Paralympic, Special Olympic and Olympic games. Variety Village athletes attend regular competitions both at Variety Village and at locations across Ontario, Canada and North America.
Wall of Fame
Variety Village’s “Wall of Fame” pays tribute to some of the teams’ most accomplished alumni. They include:
- Jeff Tiessen, world record holder and two-time Paralympic medalist in the 400-metre track event
- Jeff Adams, four-time Paralympian and Olympian who has attained world records in the 400-metre, 800-metre and 1,500-metre track events
- Tracey Ferguson, member of the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team, four-time Paralympic medalist (three gold), and the first woman with a disability to receive an athletic scholarship to the University of Illinois
- Anné Polinario, former member of the Variety Village Flames swim team, and five-time medal winner at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens
- Bradley Bowden, Paralympian, wheelchair basketball, gold medal at 2004 Paralympics in Athens, sledge hockey, gold medal at 2006 Paralympics in Turin
- Adam Lancia, Paralympian, wheelchair basketball, gold medal at 2004 Paralympics in Athens
- Abdi Dini Fatah, Paralympian, wheelchair basketball, gold medal at 2012 Paralympics in London
- Kaley McLean, Paralympian, swimming, 2004 Paralympics in Athens
Criteria for Consideration
It is recommended that young athletes interested in registering for the Introduction to Sport program have participated in our Multi-Sport programs and are able to demonstrate the following:
- Listening skills
- Interest in learning the specific sport
Coaches facilitating the programs follow a training model focusing on age and stage development under the Canadian Sport for Life Long Term Athletic Development model (LTAD).
Goals of the program include:
- Introduce and teach the etiquette of the sport
- Introduce and teach proper form, technique, and movement of the sport
- Build confidence within each athlete and their skill set
Director of Teams and Team Events
International Ranked Speed Swimmer
Speed Swimming Head Coach at Paralympics (1996 – 2008)
Chris Murdoch, 3rd Dan
Manager of Teams and Team Events
Graduate of National Coaches Institute
Diploma in High Performance Coaching
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