Clarence-Rockland’s community services’ department presented a positive report to city council’s committee of the whole session, March 2, on a proposal from L’Église Le Roc asking for support for a DUO Race event, as part of this year’s Ottawa River Festival.
Penelope Barrette, representing a delegation from the event organizing committee, explained DUO racing to council during its February 19 committee of the whole session. Mayor Guy Desjardins asked the community services’ department to review the proposal for a report at the March 2 committee of the whole session.
The report recommended the city provide technical support for the proposal and also noted that a DUO racing event would fit in well with the municipal goal of “offering comprehensive activities and services to the city’s citizens.”
DUO racing is a new recreational and competitive sport where the emphasis is on cooperation and teamwork. One of the members of the two-person team is in a wheelchair and part of the goal of DUO racing is to promote more opportunities for people with mobility issues to enjoy good health through physical fitness, and active involvement in their community through recreational and competitive sports.
The committee of the whole’s recommendation to Clarence-Rockland council, during its next regular session, is to approve community services working with the DUO Race organizing committee on route planning, and other technical support needed for the event to take place, as part of this July’s Ottawa River Festival schedule of events.