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: www.paralympic.ca/images/Exel_list_RPF_recipients.xlsx
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 www.paralympic.ca/funding 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 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.
2011-12 Recruitment Program Fund Recipients
| Quebec Adapted Sailing Association/Association
québécoise de voile adaptée (AQVA)
|Association Sportive et Communautaire du Centre-Sud||Sitting volleyball||Montreal||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|
|Club 99 / U25||Wheelchair basketball||Saskatoon||Saskatchewan|
|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|
|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
| Laura Ferris
Coordinator, Recruitment Program Support
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: (613) 569-4333 x233
| Web: Paralympic.ca