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Parasport At Lakehead

Lakehead University is excited to be offering Parasport activities for the 2022-2023 school year. Lakehead University was selected as a site for the Adaptive Sports and Recreation in Post-Secondary Institution project. These projects, which are taking place at select University’s across Ontario, are possible due to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), the Toronto Accessible Sports Council (TASC), along with many partners at the Ontario Parasport Collective (OPC). 

Ontario Trillium Foundation Logo, Toronto Accessible Sports Council Logo, and Parasport Collective Logo

Ontario Trillium Foundation Logo, Toronto Accessible Sports Council Logo, and Parasport Collective Logo

Staff, students, and community partners here at Lakehead University are excited to work alongside these partners to help introduce more parasport opportunities to the Lakehead University and Thunder Bay communities. 

About Sitting Volleyball

About Sitting Volleyball (Taken from

Sitting Volleyball is perhaps the most widely known form of ParaVolley thanks to its inclusion in the Paralympic Games since Arnhem in 1980. Played by over 10,000 athletes, in more than 55 countries worldwide it is a truly global game that anyone can play. 

The Sitting Volleyball rules are based on the FIVB rules for able-bodied volleyball, with a few minor modifications. It requires a smaller court (10m x 6m) and a lower net (1.15m for men, 1.05m for women), and the game is considerably faster than standing volleyball. It’s played in a best-of-five set format, and the first to reach 25 points (with at least a 2-point lead) wins the set.

Teams compete in male and female events, with six on the court at a time. At all times, a portion of the athlete’s torso must be in contact with the ground, and service blocks and attacks are allowed.

Who Can Play?

At the non-international level, sitting volleyball can be played by anyone.  Through the lens of Unified Sport, one of the great features of sitting volleyball is the fact that it provides the opportunity to easily integrate able-bodied athletes and athletes with a physical impairment on a level playing field.  Without the need for specialized equipment such as wheelchairs or sleds, it is very easy for anyone to sit down and play! 

Lakehead’s Instructional Sitting Volleyball Program – Fall 2022

Lakehead is excited to be working alongside National Team Member, Bryce Foster, to facilitate a 6 week instructional program for sitting volleyball. Each week will feature a mixture of instruction and scrimmaging to develop the participating athlete’s sitting volleyball skills. 


This program will run on Thursdays, beginning Oct 27 until Dec 1, from 5:45 to 6:45 pm each week. All program sessions will take place in the Wolf Den Gym located on the Lakehead University Campus at 955 Sanders Drive. 


Thanks to our grant, this program is offered at no cost for the 2022-2023 year. 

How to Register

Registration will be coming soon! Both online and in-person registration will be available 


Do I have to be a Lakehead Student to participate? 

No, this program is open to community members as well. The only requirement for participation is that athletes must be 16&up. 

I’m interested in participation, but have no experience with sitting or standing volleyball. Can I still sign up? 

Yes! No prior experience is required. 

Am I able to participate as an able-bodied athlete?

Yes! This program is open to all.

Contact Information

For further information, please contact the Program Coordinators:


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