FORT MCMURRAY, AB, Dec. 19, 2016 /CNW/ - Powerchair Football Canada has announced the team of Canadians who will be representing Team Canada at the 2017 Federation of International Powerchair Football Association (FIPFA) World Cup in Kissimee, Florida.
Powerchair football (power soccer) has increased in popularity as a fast paced, competitive sport for persons with disabilities of all ages who use electric wheelchairs. In preparation for the tournament, Powerchair Football Canada has selected the athletes who will be representing Team Canada:
- Ana Lu, British Columbia
- Dale McLeod, British Columbia
- Diane Lu, British Columbia
- Ian Wright, British Columbia
- Jean Philippe Bureau, Quebec
- Lareina Yung, British Columbia
- Matthieu Des Roches, Quebec
- Vanessa Chen, British Columbia
- Caroline Seguin, Quebec (Alternate)
- Emilie St-Denis Laroche, Quebec (Alternate)
- Josh Taylor, Alberta (Alternate)
- Patrick Des Groseillers, Quebec (Alternate)
- Lianna Yung, British Columbia (Coach)
- Pierre Seguin, Quebec (Coach)
As the players prepare for the tournament which will be held from July 5 to 10, 2017, the team has started fundraising to reach their sponsorship goal of $50,000. The funds raised will be used towards the cost of flights and accommodations, medical equipment, team registration, cost of caregivers, uniforms, and other tournament related costs. "As the team has no government funding they are hoping their fund raising events, and donations, will support their participation in the World Cup", said Scott Germain, Vice-President of Powerchair Football Canada.
Team Canada has created a Gofundme account for those interested in helping the players reach their goal (www.gofundme.com/powerchaircanada).
For more information about Powerchair Football Canada visit www.powerchairfootballcanada.com.
SOURCE Powerchair Football Canada
For further information: Media Inquiries: Scott Germain, Vice President, 780-881-3137