Congratulation Pitt Meadows Paddling Club – Para-Equipment Fund Recipient

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The Canadian Paralympic Committee celebrates the final day of the one-year anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games by announcing its 2011 Para-Equipment Fund recipients

The Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games were transformative for the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and sparked the creation of a new era for Para-sport in Canada. Today, the CPC celebrated the final day of the Games and acknowledged the strong government support for the Paralympic movement in Canada at Parliament Hill. The Minister of State for Sport, the Honourable Gary Lunn, presented some of the first pieces of equipment to be distributed in 2011 through the CPC’s Para-Equipment Fund (PEF).

“One year ago today brought the closing to a truly memorable performance by our Paralympic athletes at the 2010 Winter Games. Canada’s Paralympic athletes are an enormous source of pride and an inspiration for all Canadians,” said Minister of State Lunn. “Our Government is proud to support the Canadian Paralympic Committee and to promote greater awareness of Paralympic sports.”

The equipment distributed through the PEF was received by athletes and representatives of the Ottawa Odyssey Boccia Club and the Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario Association (SHEO). Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games medallist in Para-Alpine skiing Karolina Wisniewska and 2010 National Sledge Hockey Team players Marc Dorion, Jean Labonté and Hervé Lord were on site to showcase the ongoing legacy of the Games on the Para-sport grassroots community.

“The 2010 Games ushered in a new era of progress and growth,” commented Canadian Paralympic Chief Executive Officer Henry Storgaard. “During the Games, one of the most recognized measurements of success was the increase in awareness and the impact on participation in the grassroots community. The PEF encourages all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport by providing adapted sport equipment to clubs across the country and removing this potential barrier to participation.’’

Following the 2010 Games, there has been a surge in equipment requests at the first contact and recruitment levels. In 2009-10, 26 organizations and clubs applied to the PEF program, which was able to provide $50,000 in equipment funding. This past year, 86 organizations submitted applications to the CPC and a total of $250,000 in equipment grants will be provided in part due to enhanced government and corporate partnerships.

The following representatives from SHEO and the Ottawa Odyssey Boccia Club attended the event today:

The Ottawa Odyssey Boccia Club
Jennifer Larson, Coach
Christie Smith-Wordylake, athlete

Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario
Serge Lavoie, President
Gord Powell, Head coach, intermediates
Chelsea Powell, Dan Lavoie, athletes, intermediate league
Rolly Desrochers, Head coach, juniors
Bryce Desrochers Nathan Sparks and Benjamin Delaney, athletes, junior league

For a complete list of the 2010-2011 PEF club recipients, please visit http://www.paralympic.ca/Sports/Para-Equipment-Fund.html

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.

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