Parry Sound, Ontario

Parry Sound is a town in Ontario, Canada, located on the eastern shore of the sound after which it is named. Parry Sound is located 160 km (99 mi) south of Sudbury and 225 km (140 mi) north of Toronto. It is a single tier government located in the territorial District of Parry Sound which has no second tier County, Regional or District level of government. Parry Sound is a popular cottage country region for Southern Ontario residents. It also has the world's deepest natural freshwater port.[2]

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Town of Parry Sound
Looking over the town and the sound
Looking over the town and the sound
Parry Sound is located in Southern Ontario
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Parry Sound is located in Canada
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Coordinates: 45°20′N 80°02′W / 45.333°N 80.033°WCoordinates: 45°20′N 80°02′W / 45.333°N 80.033°W
DistrictParry Sound
 • MayorJamie McGarvey
 • Governing BodyParry Sound Town Council
 • MPTony Clement (CPC)
 • MPPsNorm Miller (PC)
 • Land13.40 km2 (5.17 sq mi)
 • Total6,408
 • Density478.2/km2 (1,239/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Parry Soundian, Parry Sounder
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Forward sortation area
Area code(s)705 & 249
Highways Highway 400
Highway 69 / TCH
 Highway 124
 Highway 518


During the early part of the 20th century, the area was a popular subject for the many scenic art works of Tom Thomson and members of the Group of Seven. There was a slight decline in economic activity shortly after World War I with J.R. Booth's construction of a rival town, Depot Harbour on nearby Parry Island, but this setback was overcome through later developments in tourism and commerce, and the accidental destruction by fire of the entire town of Depot Harbour on August 14, 1945.

The body of water that gives the town its name was surveyed and named by Captain Henry Bayfield in the 19th century, in honour of the Arctic explorer Sir William Edward Parry. In 1857, the modern townsite was established near the Ojibwa village of Wasauksing ("shining shore") at the mouth of the Seguin River. Parry Sound was incorporated as a town in 1887. In the late 19th century, rail service was established, making the town an important depot along the rail lines to Western Canada.

In 1916, a cordite factory was established in the nearby town of Nobel for the Imperial Munitions Board. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, an explosives and munitions factory was also built at Nobel, making Parry Sound an important part of both the First World War and the Second World War effort.


View of downtown Parry Sound near the intersection of Seguin and James Streets. A portion of the Sound and the CP railway trestle can be seen in the distance.

Parry Sound is the birthplace of hockey legend Bobby Orr, the namesake of the local community centre and the town's own Bobby Orr Hall of Fame. In Orr's best-selling autobiography, Orr: My Story, he speaks highly of Parry Sound, the friends and family who resided there and the happy childhood he had living in that part of Canada.[3][4][5]

Canadian actor Don Harron's stage character Charlie Farquharson remains one of the town's most cherished personalities. Former Ontario premier Ernie Eves also called the town home for many years; he was the MPP for the Parry Sound—Muskoka riding from 1981 through 2001.

The town is home to several cultural festivals, including the Festival of the Sound classical music festival, an annual dragonboat race and a buskers' festival which takes place as part of the town's Canada Day festivities. The Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts serves as the principal performance venue during the Festival of the Sound, and also hosts concerts, live theatre and other cultural events throughout the year.

Recreation and sports

There are several provincial parks in the Parry Sound area, including Oastler Lake, The Massasauga and Killbear, as well as numerous provincial conservation reserves, including the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, one of only 13 UNESCO sites in Canada. The eastern coast of Georgian Bay where Parry Sound is located is known as the "30,000 Islands" and is considered the world's largest freshwater archipelago. It covers 347,000 hectares of shoreline ecosystem, and over 100 species of animals and plants that are at risk in Canada and Ontario, including unique reptiles and amphibians. Parry Sound's Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary[6] cares for injured and orphaned animals, and offers an informational and interpretive centre for wildlife education. A 230-kilometre recreational trail, the Park-to-Park Trail, connects Killbear with Algonquin Provincial Park in two locations, to the south at Dwight, and farther north, east of Kearney.[7]

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Departure point at the harbour, for the sightseeing tours of the 30,000 Islands

Parry Sound, and much of Northern Ontario, are well known for their tourism businesses. Accommodation businesses range from hotels and full service resorts to ledges and camping grounds. Sightseeing tours of the 30,000 Islands are offered by Georgian Bay Airways,[8] and the Island Queen and MV Chippawa[9] cruise ships. kayak and canoe rentals and tours are available during the summer, as well as winter sporting gear rentals during the winter. The town is home to an annual ATV Jamboree[10] and guided ATV tours of the region's wilderness are available throughout the year.[11] There are several golf courses located in and near Parry Sound; ice hockey, fishing and softball are also popular recreational sports in the area. Famous NHLer Bobby Orr played minor hockey for the Parry Sound Shamrocks. Aidan Dudas who is from Parry Sound and also played for the Shamrocks currently plays for the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL, and is a prospect for the upcoming NHL Draft. The town had a junior team of the same name for a short period of time who reached the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey Association championship finals in 1998 and 1999 before the team folded in 2003.


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Harbour of Parry Sound

Parry Sound is located along a highway which currently bears the dual designation of Highway 69/Highway 400. From the opening of this freeway alignment in 2004 until October 26, 2010, a point one kilometre north of Parry Sound's Bowes Street/McDougall Road interchange was the terminus of Highway 400, but the freeway now begins 17 kilometres further north, at Highway 559 north of Nobel.[12] The former alignment of Highway 69 from Parry Sound southerly to Holmur now has the street name Oastler Park Drive and serves as the main access road to Oastler Lake Provincial Park.

The western termini of Highway 124, which extends easterly to Sundridge, and Highway 518, which heads east to Kearney, are both located just outside Parry Sound's town limits.

Bus service from Toronto is available by Ontario Northland Motor Coach Services, the government-owned transportation company, and buses arrive daily en route to Sudbury. In addition, Via Rail's Canadian (Toronto – Vancouver) transcontinental passenger train serve Parry Sound railway stations three times a week both east- and westbound. Westbound passenger as well as Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway freight trains are carried over the Seguin River by the Parry Sound CPR Trestle, a visible presence in the centre of town.

The town is served by the Parry Sound Area Municipal Airport and the Parry Sound Medical Heliport, as well as numerous small water aerodromes:

The Big Sound Marina[13] is a 120-serviced slip marina on Georgian Bay for transient vessels up to 60 feet (18 m).


Parry Sound has a humid continental climate, with some quite-unusual local variations in cloudiness and precipitation for this climate, resulting from its location on the eastern shore of the large body of water comprising Parry Sound and Lake Huron to its west. Parry Sound's annual temperature regime reflects a cool-summer humid-continental climate (Koppen Dfb), with January average temperatures near 16 F. and July average temperatures near 68 F., and the usual minimal seasonal lag typical of continental climates, i.e. January as the coldest month, July as the warmest.

Much more unusual (for Dfb climates) is Parry Sound's average annual cycle of precipitation, and cloudiness vs. sunshine. With its location on the eastern side of large bodies of water, where prevailing winds and weather come from the west (typical in the mid-latitude Northern Hemisphere), Parry Sound experiences exceptionally strong "lake effect." From spring to mid-summer, this means lake waters are cooler than nearby land areas, resulting in diminished intensity of low pressure systems and less precipitation, but alternation of low clouds and fog (resulting from warmer air passing over snow-covered ground, frequent into May most years) with occasional sunshine, especially once the long winter's snow cover has melted (mostly May through July). Parry Sound's average driest month is July; here, thunderstorms are rare, due to cool lake waters inhibiting the combination of heat and humidity that fuels thunderstorm activity over areas like the central, southern and eastern United States.

From September to January in Parry Sound, "lake effect" reverses its stabilizing effect from spring into mid-summer, becoming destabilizing. During these months, nearby waters release their stored warmth from the summer season, and increasingly strong polar and Arctic air outbreaks pass over these still-relatively-warm waters before hitting Parry Sound. This results in heavy cumulus cloud formation, instability rain showers (in September and October), transitioning toward heavy snow showers and squalls as temperatures continue to drop from November to January. Parry Sound's average monthly precipitation exceeds 4 inches every month from September to January - but this pattern peaks in December, the year's average wettest month, which averages over 5.4 inches of precipitation, mostly carried by that month's whopping average 40 inches of snow, followed by January's snowfall average of nearly 36 inches. Such heavy winter-month precipitation and snowfall figures are virtually nonexistent in humid-continental climates, which tend to exist away from large bodies of water. As winter transitions toward spring, snowfall drops sharply by March, when lake and land temperatures nearly equalize. In winter, the heavy lake-effect snowfall is augmented by snowfall from sometimes-strong low-pressure systems (mid-latitude cyclones) that often converge on the Great Lakes and areas further east.

Overall, Parry Sound experiences a typical humid-continental, cool-summer climate type in terms of temperatures - but a highly unusual climate regime in precipitation and cloudiness; the year's driest months are generally from March through July, while its wettest months are from September to January, with autumnal "lake effect" producing cloudy skies and heavy rainfall from September into November, followed by extremely heavy snowfall in December and January.

The highest temperature ever recorded in Parry Sound was 37.8 °C (100 °F) on 6 July 1921. The coldest temperature ever recorded was −41.1 °C (−42 °F) on 12 February 1967.[14][15]

Climate data for Parry Sound, 1981−2010 normals, extremes 1875−present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.9
Average high °C (°F) −4.4
Daily mean °C (°F) −9.0
Average low °C (°F) −13.5
Record low °C (°F) −38.9
Average precipitation mm (inches) 107.0
Average rainfall mm (inches) 15.9
Average snowfall cm (inches) 91.2
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 20.1 14.7 14.0 13.9 13.6 12.8 8.9 12.3 14.2 16.7 17.6 19.6 178.5
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 4.7 3.8 7.7 12.2 13.6 12.8 8.9 12.3 14.2 16.7 14.0 6.5 127.4
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 18.0 12.5 8.6 3.5 0.18 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.09 7.0 16.2 66.0
Source: Environment Canada[16][17][14][15][18]

Forest fire protection history

The Parry Sound Forest Fire District was founded by Ontario's former Department of Lands and Forests (now the MNR) in 1922 as one of 17 districts to help protect Ontario's forests from fire by early detection from fire towers. The headquarters for the district were housed in town. It was the central location for 18 fire tower lookouts, including the Parry Sound fire tower, which was erected in the same location as the modern lookout tower at 17 George Street. In the 1970s all the towers had been decommissioned as aerial fire fighting techniques were employed. Fire suppression is of enhanced concern in and near Parry Sound due to this area's strong tendency toward drier weather coinciding with the period of highest sun, in June and July. In drier-summer years, drought can be a significant concern here, and with it, heightened wildfire risk.



Frequency Call sign Branding Format Owner Notes
FM 88.9 CBPO-FM Weatheradio Canada Weather radio Meteorological Service of Canada
FM 89.9 CBLR-FM CBC Radio One Talk radio, public radio Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Rebroadcaster of CBLA-FM (Toronto)
FM 91.3 CHRZ-FM Rez 91 First Nations community radio Wasauksing Communications Group Broadcasts in English and Ojibwe
FM 103.3 CKLP-FM Moose FM Adult hits Vista Broadcast Group


OTA channel Call sign Network Notes
7 (VHF) CIII-DT-7 Global Rebroadcaster of CIII-DT (Toronto)
12 (VHF) CKVR-TV-1 CTV Two Rebroadcaster of CKVR-DT (Barrie)
23 (UHF) CHCH-DT-3 Independent Rebroadcaster of CHCH-DT (Hamilton)



Historical populations
Canada 2006 Census Population % of Total Population
Visible minority group
South Asian 35 0.6
Chinese 40 0.7
Black 10 0.2
Filipino 0 0
Latin American 15 0.3
Southeast Asian 0 0
Other visible minority 15 0.3
Total visible minority population 115 2.1
Aboriginal group
First Nations 165 2.9
Métis 110 2
Inuit 0 0
Total Aboriginal population 280 5
White 5,205 92.9
Total population 5,600 100

According to the 2016 Statistics Canada Census:[1]

  • Population 2016: 6,408
  • Population 2011: 6,191
  • % Change (2011–2016): 3.5
  • Total Private Dwellings: 3,150
  • Area (km2): 13.40
  • Density (persons per km2): 478.2
  • Median total income of economic families in 2015: $69,911[1]


  1. ^ a b c d 2016 Census Profile
  2. ^ Canadian Geographic. 127. Royal Canadian Geographical Society. 2007. p. 82. Retrieved 11 April 2012. Parry Sound, the world's deepest freshwater port, lends some measure to what I mean by Ontario Lake Country
  3. ^ Orr, Bobby (2013) Bobby Orr: My Story. New York: G.P. Putnam. Retrieved March 31, 2014 [1]
  4. ^ Cowles, Gregory (October 25, 2013) "Inside the List" The New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2014 [2]
  5. ^ "Best Sellers". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  6. ^ Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
  7. ^ The Park-to-Park Trail
  8. ^ Georgian Bay Airways
  9. ^ M.V. Chippewa
  10. ^ Spring Jam
  11. ^ Bear Claw Tours
  12. ^ Ginn, Cameron (October 27, 2010). "$177-million section of highway now open". Cottage Country Now. Metroland Media Group. Archived from the original on April 24, 2011. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  13. ^ Big Sound Marina
  14. ^ a b "Daily Data Report for July 1921". Canadian Climate Data. Environment Canada. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Daily Data Report for February 1967". Canadian Climate Data. Environment Canada. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Parry Sound 1981–2010". Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010. Environment Canada. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  17. ^ "Parry Sound". Canadian Climate Data. Environment Canada. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Parry Sound Harbour". Canadian Climate Data. Environment Canada. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  19. ^ a b "Pickering, Ontario (City) Census Subdivision". Community Profiles, Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada.

External links


CKLP-FM is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 103.3 FM in Parry Sound, Ontario. Owned by Vista Broadcast Group, the station airs an adult hits format branded as Moose FM.

The station was launched by Muskoka-Parry Sound Broadcasting in 1958, airing on AM 1340 as a rebroadcaster of Huntsville's CKAR. In 1976, both stations were sold to Eastern Broadcasting. The following year, Eastern adopted the new call sign CFBQ and launched some local programming on the Parry Sound transmitter.

In 1986, the station was sold to Playland Broadcasting, moving to its current FM frequency, adopting its current call sign and being branded as LP103.The station was a private affiliate of CBC Radio until 1993, when the CBC added a rebroadcaster of CBL in Parry Sound.

The station was acquired by Haliburton in 2001. The current slogan/branding of CKLP is Moose FM or The Moose 103.3.

On April 23, 2012 Vista Broadcast Group, which owns a number of radio stations in western Canada, announced a deal to acquire Haliburton Broadcasting, in cooperation with Westerkirk Capital. The transaction was approved by the CRTC on October 19, 2012.

Canadore College

Canadore College is a college of applied arts and technology located in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1967 as a campus of Sudbury's Cambrian College, and became an independent institution in 1972. The enabling legislation is the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act

Canadore has a full-time enrolment of 3500 students . Canadore College has four campuses: Aviation Technology Campus, Commerce Court Campus, and the Education Centre (College Drive Campus) in North Bay, Ontario, and one campus in Parry Sound, Ontario. The Education Centre is situated on a 650-acre (263 ha) wooded escarpment with over 26 km (16 mi) of wilderness trails.

Eleanor Joanne Daley

Eleanor Daley (born April 21, 1955) is a Canadian composer of choral and church music, a church choir director, choral clinician and accompanist. She lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. Among her best-known works are The Rose Trilogy and Requiem.

Found Aircraft

Found Aircraft Canada was an aircraft manufacturer based in Parry Sound, Ontario. Found originally formed in 1946 to produce a new bush plane design, the FBA-1, but entered production in 1964 with the Found FBA-2. The original company ceased production of the FBA-2 in 1967. In 1994 the company re-formed and starting in 1997 placed the FBA-2 back in production as the FBA-2C1 Bush Hawk and FBA-2C2 Bush Hawk-XP.

In 2008, two new and improved models were developed for the private pilot market. Both were built under their Expedition Aircraft brand, launched in 2007. The two models (the E350 and the E350XC) were planned for both tricycle and conventional gear. The E350 was marketed as a Cessna 206 competitor, featuring higher performance, four doors, and STOL performance. The Expedition E350 was FAA type certified in December 2008.Found Aircraft Company ceased trading in early 2014.

Fred Bourdginon

Frederick George Bourdginon (June 22, 1906 - March 18, 1995), also known as Fred Bergdinon, was a Canadian ice hockey right winger. He played two games for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL) during the 1925–26 season.

Bourdginon was born in Parry Sound, Ontario. He played junior hockey for Parry Sound in the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) from 1922 until 1924. He was signed as a free agent by Boston Bruins on December 14, 1925 and played two games for the Bruins that season.

Gary Sabourin

Gary Bruce Sabourin (born December 4, 1943 in Parry Sound, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey right winger who played ten seasons in the National Hockey League from 1967–68 until 1976–77.

Gerald Carson

George Gerald "Gerry, Stub" Carson (born October 10, 1903 in Parry Sound, Ontario – d. November 9, 1956) was a professional ice hockey defenceman who played 261 games in the National Hockey League.

He played for the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers and Montreal Maroons. He won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1930.

Mark Ideson

Mark Ideson (born 10 April 1976 in Parry Sound, Ontario) is a Canadian wheelchair curler who competed in the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi and won gold. He is married and has 2 children. He now resides in London, Ontario. In 2007, the helicopter he was piloting crashed into a field near Cambridge, Ontario and he now lives with quadriplegia.

He played hockey and golf before he was disabled.

Marty Adams

Marty Adams is a Canadian television and film actor/writer and comedian.

He began a football program at McMaster University but injured his knee. His sister encouraged him to get involved in a comedy program at Humber College which got him his first major comedy gig in the Facebook of Revelations at The Second City. His last Second City main stage show was "0% Down, 100% Screwed", leaving the main stage on 21 June 2009.

TV appearances include seventeen episodes (as of 25 August 2010) of Video on Trial and commercials for (Staples Inc., Fallsview Casino).

Film roles include a 9-part mockumentary called Now Magazine The Movie, Saw IV as Ivan Landsness, Shutter and Repo Men.

Muskoka (electoral district)

Muskoka was a federal electoral district represented in the House of Commons of Canada from 1872 to 1882 and from 1904 to 1925. It was located in the province of Ontario. It was also a provincial electoral district represented in the Ontario Legislative Assembly from 1955 to 1987.

This riding was first created from part of Victoria North and from areas that until then were unrepresented.

It initially consisted of the Townships of Morrison, Ryde, Muskoka, Draper, Oakley, Wood, Monck, Macauley, McLean, Medora, Watt, Stephenson, Brunel, Humphrey, Cardwell, Stisted, Chaffey, Christie, Monteith, McMurrich, Matchitt, Ryerson, Spence, McKellar, McDougall, Ferguson, Carling, Hagerman, Croft, Chapman, Ferrie, Mackenzie, Wilson, Brown, Blair, Mowat Cowper, Conger, Parry Island, Parry Sound, Aumick Lake Territory, Maganetawan, and all other surveyed townships lying north of the North Riding of Victoria, and south of the Nipissing District.

The electoral district was abolished in 1882 when it was redistributed between Muskoka and Parry Sound, Ontario North and Simcoe East ridings.

It was re-created in 1903 from Muskoka and Parry Sound riding, and consisted of the territorial district of Muskoka.

The electoral district was abolished in 1924 when it was merged into Muskoka—Ontario riding.

Ontario Highway 124

King's Highway 124, commonly known as Highway 124, is a provincially maintained highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. The highway connects Highway 400 in Parry Sound with Highway 11 in Sundridge, a distance of 75.2 km (46.7 mi), including a 15.4 km (9.6 mi) concurrency with Highway 520. It is one of several highways in central Ontario to provide this connection through the Muskoka and Parry Sound region, and the northernmost King's Highway prior to Highway 17.

Parry Sound Harbour Water Aerodrome

Parry Sound Harbour Water Aerodrome, (TC LID: CPS1), is located adjacent to Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada.

Parry Sound High School

Parry Sound High School (PSHS) is a public high school in the town of Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada. The school is one of the largest in the Near North District School Board, with 842 students as of October 2011, and serves as the only high school in Parry Sound.

Parry Sound High School's motto is the Latin Omnia Vestigia Prorsum which translates to "All Steps Forward". Athletes and students at PSHS are known as the PSHS Panthers, and the school colours are cardinal and slate.

The school was founded in 1951.

Parry Sound Shamrocks

The Parry Sound Shamrocks were a Junior ice hockey team from Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada. This defunct hockey team was a part of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League.

Parry Sound—Muskoka

Parry Sound—Muskoka is a federal electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1949.

The riding consists of the Territorial District of Parry Sound (excluding the Town of Powassan, the townships of Nipissing and North Himsworth, and the part of the Town of Killarney contained in the district), the District Municipality of Muskoka, and the part of the Town of Kearney lying in the Territorial District of Nipissing.

In 2004, Liberal Andy Mitchell was elected Member of Parliament for the district, and was the Minister of Agriculture. He was narrowly defeated in the 2006 election by Conservative Tony Clement, who was the President of the Treasury Board until November 4, 2015.

Parry Sound—Muskoka (provincial electoral district)

Parry Sound—Muskoka is a provincial electoral district in the Canadian province of Ontario.

The riding was once held by Ontario Premier Ernie Eves, and at present by Norm Miller, son of former Premier Frank Miller.

The district, which has existed since 1999, has identical boundaries to those of the federal district of Parry Sound—Muskoka.

The riding consists of the Territorial District of Parry Sound (excluding the Town of Powassan, the townships of Nipissing and North Himsworth, and the part of the Town of Killarney contained in the district), the District Municipality of Muskoka, and the part of the Town of Kearney lying in the Territorial Nipissing District.

Terry Crisp

Terrance Arthur Crisp (born May 28, 1943) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey coach and player. Crisp played ten seasons in the National Hockey League for the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers. Crisp coached for 11 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning. He currently is a radio and TV broadcaster for the Nashville Predators.

Crisp was a member of two Stanley Cup championship teams with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s, and later coached the Calgary Flames to the title in 1989.

William Morgan (judoka)

William "Bill" Morgan (born 2 March 1975) is a Canadian judoka who represented Canada in Judo at the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Paralympics. He placed seventh in the -81 kg category, fifth in the -81 kg category, and seventh in the -100 kg category, respectively, and in 2004 and 2008 was Canada's only competitor in Judo. Morgan won bronze at the International Blind Sports World Championships in 2006.

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