Parasport programs across Canada receive funding for adapted sport equipment

Canadian Paralympic Committee, Petro-Canada and Sport Canada Provide Additional Funding Through Para-Equipment Fund

OTTAWA, June 22, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) has selected the 42 recipients of the 2012-13 Para-Equipment Fund, presented by Petro-Canada, a Suncor Energy business, and supported by Sport Canada.

A total of 33 sport organizations representing numerous parasports and regions across Canada received a total of $136,236 from the Para-Equipment Fund. Due to the matching nature of the Fund by the recipient, a total of $272,472 was invested into the parasport system.

"We are thrilled to be part of a program that helps to make adapted equipment more available to meet the needs of communities across the country," said Steven Keith, Director of Brand Loyalty and Marketing Partnerships at Suncor Energy. "Grassroots parasport programs are so important because they provide an opportunity for people with a disability to become part of a vibrant sport community."

The Para-Equipment Fund matches up to $5,000 to sport organizations that have a national, provincial or local parasport program which requires adapted sports equipment. This approach ensures a partnership approach to the development of a sustainable parasport system throughout Canada. Among the clubs which will benefit from the Fund is the Pemberton Canoe Association in British Columbia.

"Para-canoe will be a brand new event at the Paralympics in Rio in 2016," said Hugh Fisher, Director of the Pemberton Canoe Association. "In Pemberton, we have a great accessible venue, excellent safe water, coaching, and now thanks to the Para-Equipment Fund, the right dedicated equipment for para-athletes."

Demand for adapted sport equipment is growing every year. In 2011-2012, more than $233,000 was invested across the country. This year, the CPC increased the available funding by approximately $40,000 to meet the response from the community.

"The Government of Canada is committed to promoting and encouraging barrier-free sport participation and active living among people of all ages and abilities," said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). "We are proud to support the Para-Equipment Fund, which helps to promote the active engagement of persons with a disability in the Canadian sport system."

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

2012-13 Para-Equipment Fund Recipients

Organization Name Sport(s) City Province
Acadia Minor Hockey Association Sledge Hockey Wolfville Nova Scotia
Adaptavie Inc Sledge Hockey Québec Québec
Association Québécoise des Sports en
Fauteuil Roulant
Sledge Hockey Montreal Québec
Argonaut Rowing Club Para-Rowing Toronto Ontario
Athletics Nova Scotia Para-Athletics Halifax Nova Scotia
Avalon Sledge Hockey Association Inc. Sledge Hockey Whitbourne Newfoundland &
Labrador
Banook Canoe Club Para-Canoe Dartmouth Nova Scotia
BC Wheelchair Basketball Society Wheelchair
Basketball
Vancouver British Columbia
BC Wheelchair Sports Association Wheelchair
Basketball,
Wheelchair
Tennis,
Wheelchair
Rugby,
Para-Athletics
Vancouver British Columbia
Blind Sports Nova Scotia Para-Cycling Halifax Nova Scotia
Brock Niagara Penguins Wheelchair
Basketball
St. Catharines Ontario
Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) Para-Cycling Edmonton Alberta
City of Surrey Boccia Surrey British Columbia
Club Saint-Laurent Select Inc. Para-Athletics Montreal Québec
Cobourg Dragon Boat and Canoe Club Para-Canoe Cobourg Ontario
Défi sportif AlterGo Wheelchair
Basketball,
Sledge Hockey
Montréal Québec
Disabled Skiers Association of BC Para-Alpine Vancouver British Columbia
Edmonton Rowing Club Para-Rowing Edmonton Alberta
Fondation des skieurs handicapes du Quebec
(FSHQ)
Para-Alpine Beaupre Quebec
Halifax Rowing Club Para-Rowing Halifax Nova Scotia
Hockey North Sledge Hockey Hay River Northwest
Territories
Island Lake Rowing Club Para-Rowing Alton Ontario
Kitchener-Waterloo Sidewinders Sledge Hockey Kitchener-
Waterloo
Ontario
London and District wheelchair sports association Wheelchair
Rugby
London Ontario
National Cycling Centre-Canadian Sport
Centre Calgary
Para-Cycling Calgary Alberta
No Limits Adaptive Ski Club Para-Alpine Sault Ste.
Marie
Ontario
Nordic Racers Ski Club Para-Nordic Vancouver British Columbia
Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery
Club
Para-Archery Westville Nova Scotia
Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence Society Para-Rowing Victoria British Columbia
Pemberton Canoe Association Para-Canoe Pemberton British Columbia
Powell River Disability Sport Club Sledge Hockey Powell River British Columbia
RA Centre (Ottawa) Wheelchair
Curling
Ottawa Ontario
Saskatchewan Rowing Association Para-Rowing Saskatoon Saskatchewan
SportAbility Para-Cycling,
Power Soccer
Surrey British Columbia
Tbo Tbon Wheelchair
Rugby
Montreal Quebec
Tennis New Brunswick Wheelchair
Tennis
Fredericton New Brunswick
Town of Hay River Sledge Hockey Hay River Northwest
Territories
Vancouver Wheelchair Rugby Club Wheelchair
Rugby
Vancouver British Columbia
Victoria Wheelchair Sports Club Wheelchair
Basketball,
Wheelchair
Tennis,
Wheelchair
Rugby
Victoria British Columbia
WC Race Series Society Para-Athletics Richmond British Columbia
Wheelchair Sports Alberta Association Wheelchair
Basketball,
Wheelchair
Tennis,
Wheelchair
Rugby
Edmonton Alberta
Won with One Para-Triathlon Ottawa Ontario


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.

About Suncor Energy

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 Sport Canada's Sport Support Program

The Sport Support Program provides National and Multi-Sport Organizations with financial assistance they need to develop Canada's amateur sport system and to achieve world class athletic results. This financial support strengthens our national sport system and benefits our athletes and coaches. For more information, please visit www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267385942671.

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.

 

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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