Coaching in Parasport

Become a Coach in Parasport

Would you like to make a huge difference in the lives of others? Becoming a Coach in Parasport does not require any special skills or pre-requisites. Just like coaching any sport all you need to start is passion, motivation and perhaps some patience.

Coaching Athletes with a Disability is a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) eLearning module to diversify your coaching portfolio.

Coaching Athletes with a Disability NCCP training provides coaches the knowledge to deliver quality, positive sport experiences for athletes, specifically with behavioural, intellectual, physical, and sensory disabilities.

Coaching Athletes with a Disability is a resource for coaches who are new to coaching athletes with a disability. As well, many coaches who are already working with athletes with a disability will find useful information and resources in the online module.

Coaching Athletes with a Disability will provide coaches the ability to:

  • Explain the benefits of sport participation for persons with a disability;
  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with, and regards to persons with a disability;
  • Design positive, safe, and inclusive sport experiences for persons with a disability; and
  • Consider next steps in their professional development related to coaching persons with a disability.

The cost to take the training is $15.

It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Complete the NCCP Coaching Athletes with a Disability module

Click on a Sport below to find out more information on how to get trained as a Coach and meet some current Coaches in parasport. Sports will be updated and added on an on-going basis.

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon

With the support of the Ontario Parasport Collective and Ontario Trillium Foundation, CAO is proud to announce the 2020-2021 Changing the Game Parasport Mentoship Pilot! This is a pilot program meant to provide greater support for coaches working with Athletes with a Disability.

Who is this for?

Mentors – Coaches with 5+ years experience working with athletes with a disability and are NCCP Trained and/or Certified.

Mentees – Coaches with less than 5 years or no experience working with athletes with a disability, looking to change their game by learning how to support para-athletes in Ontario.

How it Works?

The CTG Parasport Mentorship Pilot will run from September 2020 to August 2021.

It is free to join and both mentors and mentees will receive professional development (PD) credits on their NCCP Locker account at the end of the program year. Just fill out the mentee or mentor application profile in order to join this year’s program!

Key Dates:
Applications open: September 14th, 2020
Applications close: October 25th, 2020 – 11:59 PM EST
Program Orientation and Start: After October 25th, 2020

Program Elements

In addition to a guided year long Mentor/Mentee partnership, coaches involved in the program will have access to:

  • FREE NCCP Mentorship Training for Mentors
  • Free NCCP training for Mentees
  • Coaching in Parasport PD Training and Webinars
  • Opportunity to participate in a unique research study led by McGill University
  • A Coaching in Parasport community of practice
  • A small honorarium

NOTE: In consideration of the health and safety of all participants, this program will be run virtually unless the opportunity to hold an in-person event in 2021 becomes feasible.


If you have any further questions, please contact Eric Belahov at or 416-426-7023

Complete the NCCP Coaching Athletes with a Disability module

Check out the 2018 Parasport Report

Find information on coaching Para Athletes.

Locate a sport and club near you