Paralympic expert available to media to comment on 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games

On the eve of the PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games, Laura Misener, Acting Director of Western University’s School of Kinesiology, is available to discuss the social impact of sports and major sporting events, disability sport, legacy of events, physical activity and sport development, as well as breaking news items from the South Korean venue.

Misener, who specializes in the intersections of disability sport, physical activity, and health related outcomes, is also an Executive Council Officer of Western’s International Centre for Olympic Studies and a faculty member of Sport Management at Western.

With organizers announcing that the expected participation at PyeongChang will make it the largest Paralympic Games ever, Misener says:

“With close to 600 elite para-athletes coming from 49 different countries, the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games promises to be an exciting showcase of high level sport. The Games presents a unique opportunity to help shape the way societies think about disability and highlight the talents of elite para-athletes.”

Media interested in contacting Misener regarding the Paralympics should contact Western University Senior Media Relations Officer Jeff Renaud at 519-520-7281 or or email Misener directly at

MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Renaud, Senior Media Relations Officer, 519-661-2111, ext. 85165, 519-520-7281 (mobile),

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