Canada’s Parapan Am Hopefuls – Abdi Fatah Dini

Abdi competed for Canada’s wheelchair basketball team at the national and international level, and was part of the team that won a gold medal at the 2012 London Paralympic Summer Games. He is not only a leader on the court, but also a role model for his work with Somali youth in his hometown of Toronto.

Canada’s Parapan Am Hopefuls – Abdi Fatah Dini

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Transcript: “Canada’s Parapan Am Hopefuls – Abdi Fatah Dini”

Video length: 2:06 minutes

The video begins with music playing in the background. A close-up of Abdi Fatah Dini appears on the screen with his name at the bottom of the screen and lighting effects. Abdi narrates.

NARRATOR: My name is Abdi Dini. I play on the Wheelchair Basketball National Team and I’m a Class 1. My personal goal is to keep training and make the team in 2015.

Various video frames of Abdi playing wheelchair basketball are shown. The text “2015 Parapan Abdi Fatah Dini” appears at the bottom of the screen.

In the middle of the screen the text “Wheelchair Basketball Canada” appears.

Background changes to Abdi playing basketball on a court.

NARRATOR: I came to Canada back in 1993. I was twelve years old and it meant a lot to me coming here, a young kid. I didn’t know where I was going to go and I moved here with my family.

Background changes to blue with a globe and glowing maple leaves. Abdi talks to the camera.

NARRATOR: I’ve been living here the last 21 years. Becoming a Canadian citizen means a lot.

Background changes to Abdi playing basketball on a court.

NARRATOR: My first Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. I was excited to go to Mexico for the first time and we ended up qualifying to go to the Paralympic Games 2012. I mean, people definitely came to support and every game was full-packed and that was pretty exciting to see.

Screen changes back to the blue background with a globe and glowing maple leaves. Again Abdi talks to the camera.

NARRATOR: I mean, it’s loud and you couldn’t hear and it was exciting to see all the fans that came out in support every—no matter if you were Canadian or U.S.A—but they were excited to see the sport and they were cheering for everybody.

Background changes to Abdi playing basketball on a court.

NARRATOR: As a Canadian athlete, we want to be a good host to all those countries that are coming in from South America and show them what Toronto is all about.

A logo and banner display with the text “Wheelchair Basketball Canada”

Background switches between Abdi playing basketball and talking in front of a blue background with a globe and glowing maple leaves.

NARRATOR: And it’s very exciting to see Toronto hosting the Pan Am Games. I mean, a lot to expect--big city and so many things to do and huge multicultural diversity city—and different events—different food to try on… I’m pretty excited that we’re hosting it. Being a Canadian citizen means a lot to me and coming here after I got hurt, and to see what Canada has done for me and my family, and representing Canada always and it is something I look forward to, and I can’t wait to represent Canada at the next Parapan Am Games.

Background changes to a close-up of Abdi’s face.

Background fades to black.

The Citizenship and Immigration Canada corporate signature and the copyright message “Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, 2014” are displayed followed by the Canada wordmark.

 
 
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