More than $200,000 invested in programs to enhance the sport experience for people with a disability

Canadian Paralympic Committee and Sport Canada Announce Recipients of Recruitment Program Fund

OTTAWA, Jan. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011-12 Recruitment Program Fund, supported by the Government of Canada's Sport Support Program and the CPC.

The Recruitment Program Fund delivers grants of up to $10,000 to sports organizations to support the creation of a new sports program or financially support the expansion of an existing successful program that provides a positive introductory sport experience for participants with a disability.

In all, 31 sports organizations across the country, representing 21 different sports programs among them, have received a total of $237,323. Funds may be used towards enhancing program options, such as facility rental space, coaching, volunteer training and more.

The complete list of 2011-12 Recruitment Programs Fund recipients appears at the end of this release and is downloadable here:

The next round of applications for the Recruitment Programs Fund will be accepted starting January 25, 2012. (Applications for the Para-Equipment Fund, which helps cover the cost of adapted sports equipment, will also open January 25, 2012.)

Please visit for more information.

"On behalf of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, I'd like to congratulate all the recipients of the Recruitment Program Fund," said Henry Storgaard, CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "We recognize that many grassroots sports programs rely on limited resources and volunteer contributions, both in terms of time and personal finances. Investing in introductory sports programming for people with a disability is essential for Canada to achieve its goal of becoming the world's top Paralympic nation, since you can't have a podium full of medalists without a playground full of kids."

"The Government of Canada is proud to support the Recruitment Programs Fund and to play a leading role in the inclusion of people with disabilities in sport," said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). "Our Government is committed to promoting meaningful opportunities for people with disabilities to become involved in and develop through sport, according to their interests, abilities, and talents."

About the Recruitment Program Fund (RPF)

Launched in 2010 (formerly called the First Contact Fund), the Recruitment Program Fund (RPF) is intended to support the creation of a new program, or go towards the expansion of an existing successful initiative providing a positive introductory parasport experience. Funds may be used towards enhancing program options, such as facility rental space, coaching, volunteer training and more.

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

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


2011-12 Recruitment Program Fund Recipients

Organization Name Sport(s) City Province
Quebec Adapted Sailing Association/Association
québécoise de voile adaptée (AQVA)
Sailing Montreal Quebec
Association Sportive et Communautaire du Centre-Sud Sitting volleyball Montreal Quebec
Saint-Laurent Select Para-athletics Saint-Laurent Quebec
Ability New Brunswick Badminton Fredericton New Brunswick
Alpine Canada & Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing Para-alpine skiing National National
British Columbia Wheelchair Basketball Society Wheelchair basketball Richmond British Columbia
Calgary Sledge Hockey Sledge hockey Calgary Alberta
Canada Snowboard Para-snowboard National National
Club 99 / U25 Wheelchair basketball Saskatoon Saskatchewan
Ontario Sailing Sailing Hamilton Ontario
Ontario Volleyball Association Sitting volleyball Toronto Ontario
ParaSport Ontario Sledge hockey, wheelchair basketball, goalball, para-Nordic, para-alpine, sitting volleyball; wheelchair tennis, boccia, para- athletics, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair curling, swimming Toronto Ontario
Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports Para-alpine skiing, sledge hockey, wheelchair curling Vancouver British Columbia
Variety Village Boccia Scarborough Ontario
Volleyball Canada Sitting volleyball Ottawa National
Association québécoise des sports en fauteuil roulant Wheelchair basketball, sledge hockey, rugby, tennis Montreal Quebec
Hockey Sur Luge Montreal Sledge hockey Montreal Quebec
Adaptive Sports Foundation Adaptive kayaking, para-alpine skiing 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 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


For further information:

Alison Korn
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 243
Cell: 613-298-4927
Laura Ferris
Coordinator, Recruitment Program Support
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: (613) 569-4333 x233
Twitter: @CDNParalympics


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