Come discover wheelchair sports in Montreal, Canada




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    You want something different, how about working with a Paralympic athlete, how about working with someone that should be long dead:) In my case, through sports and healthy living, I have far exceeded my life expectancy and I show no signs of slowing down:) Where there’s a will, there’s a way!!!

    Let’s get some admin stuff out of the way first:) To come to Canada you will need to be fully vaccinated and to volunteer with me you will need to have a drivers permit and not be allergic to cats:)

    I’m looking for someone for at least 1 month or more and a WHV might be an asset:)

    We are now in late 2021 and I hope that we can return to more normalcy soon. I am just back in Montreal from Tokyo, where we just concluded the Paralympic Games. Although the results weren’t quite to my liking, it was great to finally compete again after almost 2 years and to see some dear friends:) And now my sights are set on Paris 2024!!

    It’s now back to training in order to prepare for the Americas Zone championship in Brazil in early December 2021, where you can accompany me if you want and it won’t cost you anything. It’s an important competition, as it is a direct qualifier for the 2022 World Championship. And if you decide to stay longer than 3 months, there will be more opportunities for travel: Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Croatia and Taïwan are all possibilities in 2022:)

    Down to business now:) If you like sports, healthy living and you like discovering new things, my proposal will surely interest you!

    You will be supporting me in my sports and daily activities. You should rather be a person who gives than receives but trust me, you will get lots in return for this one of a kind experience.

    And maybe a mental recalibration would do you good, we could do a little meditation together :)

    However, you will have to be careful and follow the COVID-19 prevention guidelines carefully, because I am part of a segment of the population vulnerable to Covid-19, even if I’m fully vaccinated.

    About me: I’m Marco a Canadian Paralympic Athlete in the sport of boccia. If you don’t know about the Paralympics, it’s the biggest sports event in the world for disabled athletes. it’s like the Olympics:) I’m pretty easy to find on the web, if you want to read up about me:)

    My sport, boccia is a precision sport, like lawn bowling, pétanque, boules and it's really cool, because it gives people with severe physical disabilities, a chance to compete at the highest level, it’s very inclusive.

    I’m looking for someone to assist me in my daily sports life here in Montreal, which means preparing practice equipment, assisting me during practice (3-4 times at the gym and 1-2 times at home per week), household work (cleaning dishes, laundry...), getting groceries, running errands, food prep and other related things.

    What I offer is food, lodging, local transpo (bike rental, bus and subway pass) and you get to help me in my preparation for my competitions.

    In Montreal, I live close to downtown, really near the botanical garden and Olympic Stadium where I train.

    Hopefully you will have experience in working with the disabled or have a bring on the challenge attitude:)

    And then there’s my 2 babies, Sushi and Sashimi, they’re my baby bengal cats (22 and 29 months old:)

    If you require more info on what I’m looking for or want to see a few videos of the type of help I need or a little bit more about myself, just ask. I’m also easy to find on the web if u want to check me out:)


    Es-tu complètement vacciné? As-tu un permis de conduire? T’as au moins 3 mois a m’allouer. Un PVT pourrait être un atout:)

    Nous voici maintenant en 2021 et j’espère que l’on pourra retrouver encore plus de normalité prochainement.

    Si t’aimes le sport, voyager, une vie saine et tu aimes découvrir des choses nouvelles, ma proposition pourrait t’intéresser! Il s’agira essentiellement de m’appuyer dans mes activités sportives et journalières. Faut être plutôt une personne qui donne mais qui recevra beaucoup de cet expérience:)

    C’est un peu un investissement humanitaire durant des circonstances difficiles en période de COVID-19.

    Et peut-être une recalibration mentale te ferait du bien, on pourrait faire un peu de méditation ensemble:)

    Il faudra par contre être prudent et respecter les consignes de prévention de la COVID-19, car je fais parti d’un segment de la population très vulnérable au Covid-19 même si j’ai mes 2 doses!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will get a life experience of a new world, learn about incredible resilience in overcoming fantastic obstacles! We have an amazing and open community. Open your mind and heart, don’t be afraid, dive in and you will get an abundance in return.

    You will learn French and improve your English, if It’s not your mother tongue.

    You will learn about Paralympic sports, experience a great city; Montreal is a very vibrant city, we have lots of green spaces very close to the city. It’s Montreal, it’s awesome, even during the winter, but as you can imagine, I prefer the summers as snow and wheelchairs don’t get along very well!

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    If you have experience working or helping with the physically disabled, that’s a big plus, but it’s not a deal breaker, as you’ll learn as we go along. Embrace it as a challenge:)

    For the specifics on the help: you will assist in setting up my cross training at the apartment, we'll also be hitting the courts 3-4 times a week, where your tasks will be to set me up, assisting me for some aerobics, picking up balls, listen to me and my coaches directions, to ensure a proper training session.

    Household work, will be normal chores: dishes, laundry, recycling, taking out the garbage, food prep, etc.. I also expect you to be fit, as it helps with what the tasks you’ll be performing.

    What do I expect? I expect you to be organized, responsible, dynamic, go with the flow, be chill, work well with others, high energy during our tasks and very keen to discover wheelchair sports and my very particular community:) I like somebody hands on, that doesn’t back down from challenges, that wants to learn and shows initiative:)

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    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

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    I live in an apartment complex and your domain for your stay will be the living room but no worries, you’ll have privacy as there will be a divider/curtain separating your space (approx. 3.10m x 3.30m pictures included). And you’ll sleep on a comfy futon. You will also have a TV, working area, an IKEA shelving unit with drawers (clothes and stuff) and a small table. You will be comfortable:)

    And of course I’ve got your wifi needs covered:) I also have Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I’m a pretty simple guy, I enjoy simplicity, a stress free environment where everyone gets along and where there’s solutions for everything, man wouldn’t that be great:) I live for my sport and to give kids and adults with disabilities some mentorship and guidance, on what you can achieve with dedication and passion.

    I enjoy going to the movies (from indie flix to blockbusters and watching the Simpsons (early years), and during the summer, I I like going to terrasses and I enjoy some walks/rolling:)

    I have never smoked or done drugs and I don’t really drink but I do enjoy a small glass of quality red wine with supper, once in a while;) I’m a serious athlete, even given my limitations and I truly adhere to healthy living! I really believe it’s the reason I’m not dead, as the doctors gave me a short life expectancy!

    I expect you to be a non smoker, no drugs and drink with moderation, if you drink. You should pick up after yourself, I’m not a neat freak, I just like a tidy place. I want a down to earth person, someone not too complicated or demanding, just be happy to be:)

    And as I said before a good level of fitness is very helpful to helping me out:)

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    A little more information

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    25 volunteer hours per week + extra paid hours if you want

Host ref number: 976184869141