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January 10/12 9:31 am - Cycling Groups Receive Para Equipment Funding

Posted by Editoress on 01/10/12

The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011-12 Para-Equipment Fund, presented by Petro-Canada, a Suncor Energy business, and supported by Sport Canada and the CPC.

The Para-Equipment Fund delivers grants of up to $5,000 to national sport organizations and provincial and local-level clubs to purchase adapted equipment - for sports such as wheelchair basketball, sledge hockey or sit-skiing, for example - to enable people with a disability to participate in sport.

In all, 33 sports organizations across the country, representing 21 different sports among them, have received a total of $116,670.

Grants are awarded to cover 50 per cent of the total cost of the equipment. The applicant is responsible for covering the other 50 per cent of the equipment costs, bringing this year's total equipment investment to $233,340.

"We recognize that while it is important to support the Canadian Paralympic Team competing on the world stage, it is also vital to support introductory efforts to help more Canadians with a disability get active in the first place," said Steven Keith of Petro-Canada, a long-time partner of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and presenting sponsor of the Para-Equipment Fund.

"Access to adapted equipment can sometimes be a barrier for people with a disability trying sports for the first time. We're extremely proud to support this grassroots initiative and to help organizations make it easier for all Canadians to have the opportunity to participate."

"On behalf of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, I'd like to congratulate all the recipients of the Para-Equipment Fund," said Henry Storgaard, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "It's very exciting to see the increase in the availability of adapted sports equipment, ensuring that more people with a disability can enjoy the benefits of sport. Thank you, Petro-Canada, for supporting this essential program."

The next round of applications for the Para-Equipment Fund will be accepted starting January 25, 2012. (Applications for the Recruitment Programs Fund, which helps organizations provide positive introductory sport experiences for people with a disability, will also open January 25th)

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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. In 2011-2012, the Fund awarded a total of $116,670 in grants for both summer and winter sports, bringing the total equipment investment to $233,340.

2011-12 Para-Equipment Fund Recipients:

Association québécoise de sports pour paralytiques cérébraux Boccia Montreal, Quebec
Tbo Tbon Wheelchair rugby Montreal, Quebec
Athletics NB Para-athletics Dieppe, New Brunswick
Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing - National Capital Division Para-alpine, skiing and snowboarding Ottawa, Ontario
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan Canoe/kayak Regina, Saskatchewan
Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association Para-equestrian Duncan, British Columbia
Disabled Skiiers Association of BC Para-alpine skiing Richmond, British Columbia
Manitoba Wheelchair Sports Association Wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby Winnipeg, Manitoba
National Cycling Centre-Canadian Sport Centre Calgary Para-cycling Calgary, Alberta
NB Quad Rugby Wheelchair rugby Riverview, New Brunswick
Ottawa Stingers Wheelchair Rugby Club Wheelchair rugby Ottawa, Ontario
Pacific Volleyball Sitting volleyball Richmond, British Columbia
Revelstoke Nordic Club Para-Nordic skiing Revelstoke, British Columbia
SASKI Skiing for Disabled Para-Nordic skiiing Regina, Saskatchewan
Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario Sledge hockey Ottawa, Ontario
St. Catharines Rowing Club Rowing St. Catharines, Ontario
Variety Village Wheelchair basketball Toronto, Ontario
Association québécoise des sports en fauteuil roulant Wheelchair basketball, sledge hockey, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis Montreal, Quebec
Hockey Luge Montreal Sledge hockey Montreal, Quebec
Adaptive Sports Foundation Para-alpine skiing, canoe/kayak 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 and District 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

Courtesy SIRC


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