2007 ISPO World Congress Headed to Vancouver

2007 ISPO World Congress Headed to Vancouver

VancouverThe 12th World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics will be held for the first time in Canada, July 29 to Aug. 3, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The World Congress, being held in the Vancouver Exhibition and Convention Centre, will offer scientific sessions, workshops and symposia, expansive trade exhibits and an active social program.

The Congress theme, “Moving Beyond Disability,” provides a basis for a varied and informative program. In addition to the scientific presentations, instructional courses, and technical workshops, focused symposia will cover topics ranging from state-of-the-art clinical applications to psychosocial aspects of prosthetic and orthotic care. Since ISPO is a multidisciplinary organization, delegates can interact and learn from other health care professionals and technical experts.

In addition, a 1-day consumer program on Aug. 1 will provide a forum for people living with disabilities to take advantage of learning opportunities and the trade exhibition.

For more information and to register, visit the Web site at www.ispo.ca/congress.

Challenged Athletes Foundation Forms Florida Chapter

Officials from the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) have approved the creation of CAF’s first chapter – CAF-Florida. The new chapter will be headed by Lew Friedland. The organization’s board of directors believes the new chapter will serve to deliver CAF’s message of heroes, heart and hope to new audiences in Florida, and across the southeastern United States.

“We are excited to take the next step in our growth as an organization,” said Virginia Tinley, CAF’s executive director, in a press release. “Lew has been a huge CAF supporter for many years and his intimate familiarity with CAF, our mission and our athletes makes him the perfect person to lead this important effort.”

“CAF is a wonderful organization, and they do wonderful things for so many deserving people,” said Friedland. “We know we can do a lot of good in Florida, and felt it was time to get started so we can support everything CAF is doing to help physically challenged athletes.”

Joining Friedland in forming the new Florida chapter are:

  • Bob Hearn, attorney/triathlete, Zuckerman-Spaeder, Tampa, Fla.
  • Tim Hudson, CPA/triathlete/president, St. Pete Mad Dogs Triathlon Club, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Pete and Robin Adams, owners, Benefactor Realty/Mad Dogs members, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Robert Williams, attorney/triathlete, Fowler-White, Tampa, Fla.
  • Ed Levins, cycle shop entrepreneur/triathlete from Bradenton/Sarasota, Fla.
  • Bill Gair, Chief Operating Officer LifeSouth Community Blood Centers/triathlete, Gainesville, Fla.
  • Linda Quirk, retired educator/triathlete, Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Kelly Mione, marketing vice president and former editor of Ironman.com.

Among the chapter’s first initiatives is Operation Rebound: Florida 70.3, which offers a select group of participants a chance to race with CAF spokesman Maj. David Rozelle at the Disney 70.3 triathlon, while raising money to help make American heroes suffering permanent injuries from Iraq and Afghanistan whole again through sports.

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