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Canoe/Kayak is a Paralympic Sport beginning in 2016

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At a meeting in Guangzhou, China, the International Paralympic Committee
(IPC) Governing Board has voted to increase the number of sports at the
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to 22 with the addition of para-canoe and
para-triathlon to the existing Sports Programme.

In July this year seven sports submitted applications to the IPC to be
included in the Summer Games programme. All applications, together with
the 20 existing sports, were reviewed and evaluated by the IPC and a
recommendation presented to the Governing Board to make their decision.

After a discussion about each application, the IPC Governing Board took
part in a series of votes.

The first vote found the Governing Board unanimously in favour of
maintaining all 20 existing sports in the Rio 2016 Programme.

A second vote saw the group then decide to increase the number of sports
in 2016 – seven were in favour and three against.

The Board were then invited to vote on the recommendations provided to
them by the IPC Management Team that only para-canoe and para-triathlon
should be considered for inclusion in a expanded Sports Programme. The
Board found in favour by six to four.

Sir Philip Craven, President of the IPC said: “I would like to thank all
seven sports for submitting applications to the IPC to be included in
the summer Sports Programme.

“All sports, including those involved in the current Programme, were
assessed against the same criteria during a lengthy process which
started in the second half of 2009.

“Congratulations must go to para-canoe and para-triathlon who have been
admitted to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games programme alongside our 20
existing sports. We look forward to working with them over the coming
years to manage their smooth transition into the Sports Programme in
time for 2016.

The process to determine the sports programme for Rio 2016 started in
the second half of 2009 when the IPC approached the International
Federations governing the 20 existing sports. All submitted letters of
intent indicating their interest in positioning their sports in the 2016
Programme.

At the same time the IPC also gathered letters of intent from
International Federations who expressed an interest in adding sports.

All sports were then asked to complete a series of questionnaires which
included minimum eligibility and competition proposal, as well as
provide documentation on subjects including World Championships results,
Rules and Regulations and Membership directories.

In addition new sports were asked to complete an organizational
infrastructure questionnaire and classification code self-audit.

The seven new sports which submitted applications to the IPC were:

* Para-Badminton

* Basketball for athletes with Intellectual Disability (ID Basketball)

* Para-Canoe

* Para-Golf

* Powerchair Football

* Para-Taekwondo

* Para-Triathlon

In total 11 members of the 14 strong IPC Governing Board, who are
primarily responsible for the implementation of policies and directions
set by the General Assembly, the supreme authority of the IPC, attended
the meeting in Guangzhou which was held prior to the start of the Asian
Para Games.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will take place between 7-18 September
2016.

For more information about the International Paralympic Committee,
please visit www.paralympic.org


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Busy Start for Operation Red Nose in Abbotsford-Mission and Ridge-Meadows

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Busy Start for Operation Red Nose in abbotsford-Mission and ridge-meadows

Safe rides home provided are up nearly fifty percent for both operations run by PacificSport Fraser Valley

December 8, 2010 – ABBOTSFORD – After just four nights into the season, both the Abbotsford-Mission and the Ridge-Meadows Operation Red Nose programs have had a busy start to the 2010 season. In comparison to the first four evenings in 2009, Abbotsford-Mission saw a 49% increase in safe rides home provided while Ridge-Meadows saw a 45% increase in rides provided.

A similar pattern was observed with respect to the volunteer numbers. To date, the Abbotsford-Mission Red Nose program has completed 211 volunteer shifts, a 45% increase over the first four nights in 2009 whereas the completed volunteer shifts for the Ridge-Meadows program was 40% higher than that of the previous year.

“The demand is certainly proven to be there and our ability to effectively service that demand is directly related to the willingness of our community volunteers. We credit them for the growing service we are able to provide,” explains Linda Palm, general manager of PacificSport Fraser Valley, host organization for both the Abbotsford-Mission and the Ridge-Meadows Red Nose programs. “New volunteers are always welcome as we still have many shifts to fill for the remaining five nights of service – especially New Years Eve.”

Operation Red Nose attracts a diversity of volunteers, young and old and from various backgrounds but united by the desire to make our community roadways safer. This season the Abbotsford-Mission operation will have road teams formed by various businesses, sport groups and service clubs including the Phoenix Velo Training Group, UFV’s Women’s Basketball team, Abbotsford Lions Club, Fraser House, Investors Group and Abbotsford Firehall #7.

Volunteer application forms are available online at www.operationrednose.com . Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to allow processing time for the paperwork. The remaining nights of Operation Red Nose service in BC are Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18 and 31 and service is available from 9pm to 3am each night by calling 1-877-604-6673.

Operation Red Nose is a free and confidential designated driver service provided during the holiday season in select communities throughout the province.  Donations are gratefully accepted and are directed to regional high performance athletes and coaches in the form of travel and performance grants and various support services. PacificSport Fraser Valley is the host organization which coordinates the Operation Red Nose service in the Abbotsford, Mission, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows communities.


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Ski Camp Guest

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Paddlers attending the Cross Country Ski Camp at Silver Star Mountain later this month will be treated with a visit by CanoeKayak Canada Team Physiotherapist Greg Redman.  Greg was a member of Canada’s National Team for 8 years and spent many of these years training out of Burnaby.  He is a practicing physiotherapist in Kelowna and as a consultant to the Canadian Sport Center network works with athletes from Athletics, Wrestling, Skeleton, Luge, Diving,  Swimming and of course Canoe/Kayak.  After burning up the hills,  he will have an interactive discussion with the group about places in your body that are susceptible to injury and how a limitation in a body part can cause technical errors.  THANKS GREG!            

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