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Inclusive Sports and Recreation

Creating a culture of inclusion
Inclusive recreation programming
Events that highlight adapted sports and recreation
Inclusive opportunities for youth
Inclusion training for staff and volunteers
OneAbility: a community-wide collaboration


Creating a culture of inclusion

The Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) is a beautiful facility at UVic that houses both Vikes Athletics and Recreation and CanAssist.

Blind soccer is for everyone - whether or not they have vision challenges.

Since CARSA's doors opened in 2015, the two groups have worked together to establish the University of Victoria as a leader in accessible, inclusive athletic and recreational programming.

By promoting inclusion and accessibility, UVic is providing people with barriers – including students, faculty and staff, and those in the wider community – with more opportunities to engage in athletics and recreational pursuits, while at the same time raising awareness of disability issues and creating a culture of inclusion on campus and beyond.



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Vikes Recreation offers an exciting variety of drop-in and registered inclusive activities, including adapted strength and conditioning; wheelchair basketball; wheelchair tennis; blind soccer; inclusive spin classes; inclusive dance; and adapted climbing.

To learn more and to register for programs, please visit Vikes Recreation.

Advocacy for Inclusive Recreation

Accessible movement-activities promoting wellness and community on campus!

The AIR Program (Advocacy for Inclusive Recreation) is a collaborative program hosted by the Office of Student Life, Vikes Athletics and Recreation, Native Students Union, Gender Empowerment Centre, Society for Students with a Disability, Students of Colour Collective, UVic Pride and CanAssist. This program is for students who identify as members of the aforementioned Advocacy groups on Campus. The goal of AIR is to provide access in an inclusive, safe, and equitable manner to students of the mentioned UVic Advocacy groups on campus. We want to provide accessible movement-activities that will promote wellness and community on campus.

Follow the AIR Instagram for the most up to date information on events.

Instagram: uvic.air



Events that highlight adapted sports and recreation

Vikes and CanAssist regularly host events focused on adapted sports and inclusive recreation. These have included:

  • hosting national wheelchair rugby training camps at CARSA
  • participating in OneAbility ProMotion Week (formerly ParaSport Community Development Week)
  • showcasing wheelchair basketball demos at Vikes basketball half-times
  • highlighting inclusive programming during Thunderfest
  • featuring wheelchair sports try-it sessions CARSA and CanAssist open houses

For information on upcoming events, visit the Vikes and CanAssist websites, or follow us on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.


Inclusive opportunities for youth

In addition to inclusive opportunities for adults on campus and in the community, UVic also provides programming for youth from September through March, including:

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  • A free indoor soccer program for children with special needs to participate in soccer, make new friends, learn fundamental movement skills and develop their physical literacy. Children of all ages are welcome to join in this volunteer-led program. Please visit for more information

ACTIVE START and FUNdamentals

  • Children with disabilities and their siblings are invited to join either the Active Start (2 – 6 years) or FUNdamentals (7 – 12 years) Special Olympics programs at the University of Victoria.  Each program focuses on developing motor skill proficiency in a fun, physical activity context with great support from coaches. 
    How to register:  Registration package available at
    For more information contact Viviene Temple, email; PH: 250-721-7846


Inclusion training for staff and volunteers

CanAssist provides Inclusion Training to UVic staff to ensure a high quality of services and programming are provided to people of all abilities. For additional information, please contact CanAssist at


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