More than $500,000 invested in sports programs and sports equipment for people
with a disability
Canadian Paralympic Committee announces recipients of the 2013-14
Para-Equipment Fund and Recruitment Program Fund
OTTAWA, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee is pleased to
announce the 2013-14 recipients of the Para-Equipment Fund, supported by
Invacare Canada, as well as the Recruitment Program Fund. Both funds are
supported by the Government of Canada's Sport Support Program.
The Para-Equipment Fund (PEF) delivers grants of up to $5,000 to national and
provincial sport organizations as well as local level clubs to purchase
adapted equipment - for sports such as wheelchair basketball, sledge hockey,
or skiing for people with visual impairments, for example - to enable people
with a disability to take part in sport. Grants awarded help the sport
organizations cover 50 per cent of the total cost of the equipment.
This year, 42 sport organizations representing 17 parasports in regions across
Canada received a total of $154,679.17 from the Para-Equipment Fund. Due to
the matching nature of the Fund by the recipient, a total of $309,358.34 will
be invested into the parasport system.
"Our involvement in the Para-Equipment fund allows us at Invacare and our
performance wheelchair team at Top End to work towards our goal of making
life's experiences possible," said Vince Morelli, General Manager of Invacare
Canada, a leading manufacturer of wheelchairs for both everyday use and
competitive sports. "The Fund will help nurture the hopes and dreams of more
kids with disabilities, allowing them to participate and be active through
Invacare's product lines - and maybe even one day compete for Canada at the
The Recruitment Program Fund (RPF) awards grants of up to $10,000 to sports
organizations to financially support the creation of a new sports program or
the expansion of an existing successful program that provides a positive
introductory sports experience for participants with a disability.
Funds may be used towards enhancing program options, such as facility rental
space, coaching, volunteer training and more.
This year, 28 sport organizations representing 18 parasports in regions across
Canada received a total of $196,151.00 from the Recruitment Program Fund.
Between the two funds, a total of $350,830.17 in funds will be distributed to
60 sport organizations across the country (10 organizations are receiving both
funds), representing 21 different sports. Including the matching of
$154,679.17 by recipients of the Para-Equipment Fund, a total of $505,509.34
will be invested in sports programs and sports equipment for people with a
disability in Canada.
The complete list of recipients of the 2013-14 Para-Equipment Fund and
Recruitment Program Fund is posted and downloadable here:
"Supporting the Para-Equipment Fund and Recruitment Programs Fund, and playing
a leading role in the inclusion of people with disabilities in sport are
things our Government is proud to do," said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister
of State (Sport). "By providing these opportunities for people with
disabilities, we are helping develop athletes who could one day proudly wear
the maple leaf and represent Canada on the international stage."
"Making the benefits of sport available to all is critical to Canada becoming
a world leading Paralympic nation," said David Legg, President of the Canadian
Paralympic Committee. "To do this it is essential to make available quality
introductory sport programming and adapted sports equipment in order to give
those with a disability a place to play and a positive sport experience. I
would like to congratulate the recipients of the Para-Equipment Fund and the
Recruitment Program Fund, and thank Invacare Canada, the Government of Canada,
and all involved in parasport for their dedication and efforts in helping
develop Canada's parasport system."
Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC), headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, is the global
leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative home care and
long-term care medical products that promote recovery and active lifestyles.
The Company has 6,100 associates and markets its products in 80 countries
around the world. For more information about the Company and its products,
visit Invacare's website at www.invacare.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
Alison Korn Manager, Media Relations and Communications Canadian Paralympic
Committee Phone: 613-569-4333 ext. 243 Cell: 613-298-4927 email@example.com
Martin Richard Executive Director, Communications and Marketing Canadian
Paralympic Committee Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 224 Cell: 613-725-4339
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