More than $200,000 invested in sports equipment for athletes with a disability

Canadian Paralympic Committee, Petro-Canada and Sport Canada Announce Recipients of Para-Equipment Fund

OTTAWA, Jan. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011-12 Para-Equipment Fund, presented by Petro-Canada, a Suncor Energy business, and supported by Sport Canada and the CPC.

The Para-Equipment Fund delivers grants of up to $5,000 to national sport organizations and provincial and local-level clubs to purchase adapted equipment - for sports such as wheelchair basketball, sledge hockey or sit-skiing, for example - to enable people with a disability to participate in sport.

In all, 33 sports organizations across the country, representing 21 different sports among them, have received a total of $116,670.

Grants are awarded to cover 50 per cent of the total cost of the equipment. The applicant is responsible for covering the other 50 per cent of the equipment costs, bringing this year's total equipment investment to $233,340.

"We recognize that while it is important to support the Canadian Paralympic Team competing on the world stage, it is also vital to support introductory efforts to help more Canadians with a disability get active in the first place," said Steven Keith of Petro-Canada, a long-time partner of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and presenting sponsor of the Para-Equipment Fund.

"Access to adapted equipment can sometimes be a barrier for people with a disability trying sports for the first time. We're extremely proud to support this grassroots initiative and to help organizations make it easier for all Canadians to have the opportunity to participate."

The complete list of 2011-12 Para-Equipment Fund recipients appears at the end of this release and is downloadable here: paralympic.ca/images/Excel_list_PEF_recipients.xlsx

The next round of applications for the Para-Equipment Fund will be accepted starting January 25, 2012. (Applications for the Recruitment Programs Fund, which helps organizations provide positive introductory sport experiences for people with a disability, will also open Jan. 25.)

Please visit www.paralympic.ca/funding for more information.

"On behalf of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, I'd like to congratulate all the recipients of the Para-Equipment Fund," said Henry Storgaard, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "It's very exciting to see the increase in the availability of adapted sports equipment, ensuring that more people with a disability can enjoy the benefits of sport. Thank you, Petro-Canada, for supporting this essential program."

About the Para-Equipment Fund (PEF)

The Para-Equipment Fund was launched in 2005 by the Canadian Paralympic Commitee with the help of the federal government and Petro-Canada, a Suncor Energy business. Grants are awarded to cover 50 per cent of the total cost of the equipment up to a maximum of $5,000. The applicant is responsible for covering the other 50 per cent of the equipment costs. In 2011-2012, the Fund awarded a total of $116,670 in grants for both summer and winter sports, bringing the total equipment investment to $233,340.

About Suncor Energy, proud owner of Petro-Canada

Suncor Energy Inc. is Canada's premier integrated energy company. Suncor's operations include oil sands development and upgrading, conventional and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. While working to responsibly develop petroleum resources, Suncor is also developing a growing renewable energy portfolio. Suncor's common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges. For more information about Suncor Energy Inc., please visit www.suncor.com.

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 46 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca.

2011-12 Para-Equipment Fund Recipients

Organization Name Sport(s) City Province
Association québécoise
de sports pour
paralytiques cérébraux
Boccia Montreal Quebec
Tbo Tbon Wheelchair rugby Montreal Quebec
Athletics NB Para-athletics Dieppe New Brunswick
Canadian Association for
Disabled Skiing - National
Capital Division
Para-alpine, skiing and
snowboarding
Ottawa Ontario
Canoe Kayak
Saskatchewan
Canoe/kayak Regina Saskatchewan
Cowichan Therapeutic
Riding Association
Para-equestrian Duncan British Columbia
Disabled Skiiers
Association of BC
Para-alpine skiing Richmond  British Columbia
Manitoba Wheelchair
Sports Association
Wheelchair
basketball,
wheelchair rugby
Winnipeg Manitoba
National Cycling
Centre-Canadian Sport
Centre Calgary
Para-cycling Calgary Alberta
NB Quad Rugby Wheelchair rugby Riverview New Brunswick
Ottawa Stingers
Wheelchair Rugby Club
Wheelchair rugby Ottawa Ontario
Pacific Volleyball Sitting volleyball Richmond British Columbia
Revelstoke Nordic Club Para-Nordic skiing Revelstoke British Columbia
SASKI Skiing for
Disabled
Para-Nordic skiiing Regina Saskatchewan
Sledge Hockey of
Eastern Ontario
Sledge hockey Ottawa Ontario
St. Catharines Rowing
Club
Rowing St. Catharines Ontario
Variety Village Wheelchair
basketball
Toronto Ontario
Association québécoise
des sports en fauteuil
roulant
Wheelchair
basketball, sledge
hockey, wheelchair
rugby, wheelchair
tennis
Montreal Quebec
Hockey Luge Montreal Sledge hockey Montreal Quebec
Adaptive Sports
Foundation
Para-alpine skiing,
canoe/kayak
Knowlton Quebec
Balmy Beach Canoe Club Canoe/kayak Toronto Ontario
BC Blind Sports and
Recreation
Goalball Vancouver British Columbia
Canadian Association for
Disabled Skiing - NS
Division
Para-alpine skiing
and snowboarding
Halifax Nova Scotia
Calgary Wheelchair
Rugby Association
Wheelchair rugby Calgary Alberta
City of Surrey Sitting volleyball Surrey British Columbia
Cross Country Ski
Association Manitoba
Para-Nordic skiing Winnipeg Manitoba
Cruisers Sports for the
Physically Disabled
Wheelchair
basketball,
para-athletics,
boccia
Mississauga Ontario
London and District
Wheelchair Sports
Wheelchair rugby London Ontario
Pilot Butte Sledge Sledge hockey Pilot Butte Saskatchewan
Regina Ski Club Para-alpine skiing Regina Saskatchewan
Rowing British Columbia Rowing Richmond British Columbia
Tennis Canada Wheelchair tennis National National
Toronto Wheelchair
Rugby
Wheelchair rugby Toronto Ontario

SOURCE CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (CPC)

For further information:

Alison Korn
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 243
Cell: 613-298-4927
akorn@paralympic.ca

Laura Ferris
Coordinator, Recruitment Program Support
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: (613) 569-4333 x233
lferris@paralympic.ca

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