Paralympian and Vincent Massey PS alumni speaks to students

Former Vincent Massey 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, Vincent Massey Public School, on November 15th. 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.

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.

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).

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) is responsible for public education in the rural settings of Uxbridge, Brockand Scugog Townships and the urban settings of Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa.

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