More than $500,000 invested in sports programs and sports equipment for people with a disability

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 
Paralympic Games!" 
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." 
About Invacare 
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 
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 
Alison Korn Manager, Media Relations and Communications Canadian Paralympic 
Committee Phone: 613-569-4333 ext. 243 Cell: 613-298-4927 
Martin Richard Executive Director, Communications and Marketing Canadian 
Paralympic Committee Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 224 Cell: 613-725-4339 
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