Tony Flores inspires new children’s book about sports and disabilities

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Tony Flores

A new children’s book by Mila Bongco-Philipzig and Michael Parillas titled “Tony’s Wheels” is based on Canadian athlete Tony Flores. The book is published by Anak Publishing and is scheduled for release in February.

TONY’S WHEELS BY MILA BONGCO-PHILIPZIG

Filipino author Mila Bongco-Philipzig’s new book Tony’s Wheels is about a little boy named Tony who immigrates to Canada from the Philippines.

The little boy joins the national team and becomes a successful athlete.

During an international competition, Tony notices that other athletes were using older equipment than he was.

Published by Anak Publishing, Tony’s Wheels is a story about family and being respectful of other’s differences. Featuring illustrations by Michael Parillas, the book is available in paperback and is scheduled for release on February 2021.

For more information, contact Anak Publishing by email at [email protected] and by telephone at +1 204 293 4100.

TONY FLORES – CANADIAN PARALYMPIAN AND DISABILITIES ADVOCATE

Antonio Flores is a Canadian multi-sport para athlete who immigrated to Canada from the Philippines when he was 18 years old.

Flores lost use of his right leg due to polio as a child. Moving to Canada is challenging enough, but Flores found it even more so having to do it in a wheelchair.

He went to the University of Alberta where he studied Economics and Political Science.

During his studies, he made a few friends at the campus gym who were wheelchair athletes. They suggested he try out.

Flores went on to become amulti-sport para athlete in different sports, including wheelchair track and road racing, hand cycling, paranordic as well as paracanoe. Flores was a member of the National Paracanoe team representing Canada at the Paracanoe World Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

“Coming from my home country in the Philippines, there are limited resources. Living here, there are a lot of resources. The infrastructure is already there but it’s just a matter of changing the way we think,” Flores told the CBC when he was appointed to head the Alberta Government‘s Office of the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities.

ADVOCATE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

The Alberta Government’s Office of the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities builds relationships with members of the community to better understand the challenges they face as Albertans with disabilities.

The Office of the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities work with Albertans with disabilities access programs and services in their communities, as well as make recommendations to the Alberta Government on issues and concerns faced by the community.

Albertans with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Office of the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities by email at [email protected] and by telephone at +18002728841.

The Office of the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities can help resolve concerns by connecting Albertans with disabilities to the appropriate programs and services in their communities and by helping them find resolutions to challenges.

The Office of the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities also engages with members of the community, establishing meaningful partnerships with community organizations and exploring different opportunities for collaboration.

For more information about the Office of the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities, click here.


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