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Victoria disability sports festival announces 2023 is final year, volunteers still needed [Video]

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A B.C. festival that emphasizes sports inclusion for those living with developmental disabilities is worried about the future of the organization and annual festival.

Operation Trackshoes’ volunteer staff said that 2023 will be its final year, as they do not have the staff or funds needed to continue the event.

“After much deliberation the Operation Trackshoes’ board of directors has made the very difficult decision that 2023 will be our final as we do not have the personnel and other resources needed to continue the event beyond this year,” a spokesperson said in an email.

The organization started in 1971, when a group of people watched a film on the special olympics and thought about creating a camp to connect those living with disabilities and sports.

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The festival is a weekend-long event, held at the University of Victoria every June. The entire operation is operated by volunteers and more than 500 athletes …

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