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
|Acadia Minor Hockey Association||Sledge Hockey||Wolfville||Nova Scotia|
|Adaptavie Inc||Sledge Hockey||Québec||Québec|
| Association Québécoise des Sports en
|Argonaut Rowing Club||Para-Rowing||Toronto||Ontario|
|Athletics Nova Scotia||Para-Athletics||Halifax||Nova Scotia|
|Avalon Sledge Hockey Association Inc.||Sledge Hockey||Whitbourne|| Newfoundland &
|Banook Canoe Club||Para-Canoe||Dartmouth||Nova Scotia|
|BC Wheelchair Basketball Society|| Wheelchair
|BC Wheelchair Sports Association|| Wheelchair
|Blind Sports Nova Scotia||Para-Cycling||Halifax||Nova Scotia|
|Brock Niagara Penguins|| Wheelchair
|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
|Disabled Skiers Association of BC||Para-Alpine||Vancouver||British Columbia|
|Edmonton Rowing Club||Para-Rowing||Edmonton||Alberta|
| Fondation des skieurs handicapes du Quebec
|Halifax Rowing Club||Para-Rowing||Halifax||Nova Scotia|
|Hockey North||Sledge Hockey||Hay River|| Northwest
|Island Lake Rowing Club||Para-Rowing||Alton||Ontario|
|Kitchener-Waterloo Sidewinders||Sledge Hockey|| Kitchener-
|London and District wheelchair sports association|| Wheelchair
| National Cycling Centre-Canadian Sport
|No Limits Adaptive Ski Club||Para-Alpine|| Sault Ste.
|Nordic Racers Ski Club||Para-Nordic||Vancouver||British Columbia|
| Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery
|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
|Saskatchewan Rowing Association||Para-Rowing||Saskatoon||Saskatchewan|
|Tbo Tbon|| Wheelchair
|Tennis New Brunswick|| Wheelchair
|Town of Hay River||Sledge Hockey||Hay River|| Northwest
|Vancouver Wheelchair Rugby Club|| Wheelchair
|Victoria Wheelchair Sports Club|| Wheelchair
|WC Race Series Society||Para-Athletics||Richmond||British Columbia|
|Wheelchair Sports Alberta Association|| Wheelchair
|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.
For further information:
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 243
Coordinator, Recruitment Program Support
Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: (613) 569-4333 x233