Mike Nemesvary, a former champion freestyle skier, is attempting to become the first quadriplegic to drive around the world - a 40,000 kilometer trek to raise funds for spinal cord injury research and rehabilitation. He started his Round the World Tour in March and will be back in Ottawa on Oct.23.

We are planning to welcome Mike back with a Public Rally Day on the 23rd, a Community Day on the 24th and Fund-raising events for spinal cord research and rehabilitation on the 25th.

Mike Nemesvary’s courage and determination inspire everyone who confronts life’s challenges – particularly those with spinal cord injuries.

In celebration of Mike’s return to Ottawa, a mini exposition aimed at increasing public awareness of adaptive modes of transportation and technology will be held at Lansdowne Park at the Coliseum on Wed. Oct 24, 2001 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Exciting guest speakers such as Glenroy Gilbert will be present. Mike himself will be driving in at 2:00 p.m. with the SUV that took him around the world. He will be available to speak and meet with the public at this time.

Your participation in this exciting event will make this an excellent educational and interactive experience for all involved. Children from local schools, persons with disabilities, seniors and the general public are invited to come out and look around, ask questions and broaden their horizons with the different types of equipment available.

An area is reserved for any individual with a mobility impairment wishing to demonstrate the adaptive devices they find useful in their daily activities. We are also inviting vendors, organizations and sports clubs to display their adaptive equipment. This could range from any kind of adapted mode of transportation, vehicles for recreation, or any other adaptive technological aid.

Please contact one of the numbers below to reserve space:

Teresa Churchill
723-1033 ext. 222
Peter Van Roon
783-6200 ext. 250
Allayne Evans


10:00 - 12:20 display set up
1:00 - 2:30 kids activities, celebrity intro & speakers
2:00 - 3:00 Mike arrives, introduction, door prizes, meet & greet
3:00 - 4:00 event wrap up


  • Interactive displays such as: OC Transpo low floor bus, Para Transpo, Sailing Club and much more
  • Door Prizes such as: a trip for four with VIA RAIL to Toronto
  • Complimentary snacks and beverages will be served
  • Try your hand at the wheel chair obstacle course or sledge hockey
    Basket Ball Demo - interactive