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May 31/12 9:14 am - Parasport in Canada Receives $346,500 Investment in Grassroots Programs

Posted by Editoress on 05/31/12

Canadian Paralympic Committee and RBC Insurance Announce Recipients of 2012-13 Recruitment Program Fund

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012-13 Recruitment Program Fund, presented by RBC Insurance and supported by the Government of Canada's Sport Support Program. This year, a total of $346,500 in funds will be distributed to 51 sport organizations across the country.

“It's inspiring to see the time, effort and energy these organizations have committed to creating and enhancing programs that encourage athletes to become more active in sport at the community level,” said Neil Skelding, president and CEO of RBC Insurance. "We are extremely proud to be involved with the Recruitment Program Fund and believe that through this program, we will see more Canadians with a disability compete on the world stage and pursue their Paralympic dreams.”

The Recruitment Program Fund delivers grants of up to $10,000 to sports organizations across Canada to support the creation of a new sports program or financially support the expansion of an existing successful program that provides a positive introductory sport experience for participants with a disability. Funds may be used towards enhancing program options, such as facility rental space, coaching, volunteer training and more.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support the Recruitment Program Fund and to play a leading role in the inclusion of people with disabilities in sport,” said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). “Our Government is committed to promoting meaningful opportunities for people with disabilities to become involved in and develop through sport, according to their interests, abilities, and talents.”

Over the years, grant recipients have made substantial contributions to valuable programs and initiatives across Canada. One of them is Curl BC, an organization that wants to increase participation in wheelchair curling in British Columbia and build on the tremendous success of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

“Thanks to the Recruitment Program Fund, we are pleased to be offering professionally-coached and facilitated CAN Curl More: Discover Wheelchair Curling clinics across the province,” said Scott Braley, CEO, Curl BC. “Our goals are to facilitate more wheelchair curlers joining leagues and to double the number of teams competing in the BC Wheelchair Curling Championships over the next five years.”
“Making the benefits of sport available to everyone is important,” added Henry Storgaard, CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. “To do this, it is critical to make quality introductory sport programming available as widely as possible to give those with a disability not only a place to play, but a positive sport experience. I would like to congratulate all the recipients of the Recruitment Program Fund and thank all those involved in the programs for their dedication and efforts in helping develop Canada's parasport system.”

More information about the recipients and the Recruitment Program Fund can be found by visiting

2012-13 Recruitment Program Fund Recipients

Organization Name Sport City, Province
Acadia Minor Hockey Association Sledge Hockey Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Adaptavie Inc Sledge Hockey Quebec City, Quebec
AQSPC- Association québécoise de sports pour paralytiques cérébraux Boccia, Para-Cycling Montreal, Quebec
Argonaut Rowing Club Para-Rowing Toronto, Ontario
Athletics Canada Para-Athletics Ottawa, Ontario
Athletics Ontario Para-Athletics Toronto, Ontario
Avalon Sledge Hockey Association Inc. Sledge Hockey Whitbourne, Newfoundland and Labrador
Banook Canoe Club Para-Canoe Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
BC Wheelchair Sports Association Wheelchair Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball Vancouver, British Columbia
Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) Para-Cycling Edmonton, Alberta
Catholic Youth Organization for the Diocese of Hamilton Sitting Volleyball Hamilton, Ontario
Centre Viomax Para-Swimming Montreal, Quebec
City of Surrey Boccia, Para-Cycling Surrey, British Columbia
Club Saint-Laurent Select Inc. Para-Athletics Montreal, Quebec
Cobourg Dragon Boat and Canoe Club Para-Canoe Cobourg, Ontario
Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association Para-Equestrian Duncan, British Columbia
Creston & District Society for Community Living Para-Equestrian Creston, British Columbia
Cruisers Sports for the Physically Disabled Sledge Hockey Mississauga, Ontario
Curl BC Wheelchair Curling Richmond, British Columbia
Disabled Skiers Association of BC Para-Alpine Vancouver, British Columbia
Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador Wheelchair Basketball St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Halifax Rowing Club Para-Rowing Halifax, Nova Scotia
Hockey North Sledge Hockey Hay River, Northwest Territories
Island Lake Rowing Club Para-Rowing Alton, Ontario
Kelowna KO's Wheelchair Rugby Association Wheelchair Rugby Calgary, Alberta
Kitchener-Waterloo Sidewinders Sledge Hockey Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
London and District Wheelchair Sports Association Wheelchair Rugby London, Ontario
Manitoba Rowing Association Para-Rowing Winnipeg, Manitoba
Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Sitting Volleyball, Para-Rowing, Wheelchair Tennis Winnipeg, Manitoba
No Limits Adaptive Ski Club Para-Alpine Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Nordic Racers Ski Club Para-Nordic Vancouver, British Columbia
Northern Lights Therapeutic Riding Association Para-Equestrian Val Rita, Ontario
Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club Para-Archery Westville, Nova Scotia
Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club Para-Athletics Ottawa, Ontario
Powell River Disability Sport Club Sledge Hockey Powell River, British Columbia
RA Centre (Ottawa) Wheelchair Curling Ottawa, Ontario
Saskatchewan Rowing Association Para-Rowing Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sports Association Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Tennis, Wheelchair Rugby Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
SASKI- Saskatchewan Disabled Ski Association Para-Nordic Regina, Saskatchewan
Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario (SHEO) Association Sledge Hockey Ottawa, Ontario
SportAbility Para-Cycling, Power Soccer Surrey, British Columbia
Sun Peaks Alpine Club Para-Alpine Kamloops, British Columbia
Swim BC Para-Swimming Squamish, British Columbia
Tennis Canada Wheelchair Tennis Vancouver, British Columbia
Tennis New Brunswick Wheelchair Tennis Fredericton, New Brunswick
Toronto Tornadoes Wheelchair Basketball Toronto, Ontario
Vancouver Wheelchair Rugby Club Wheelchair Rugby London, Ontario
Victoria Wheelchair Sports Club Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Tennis, Wheelchair Rugby Victoria, British Columbia
Volleyball Canada Sitting Volleyball Ottawa, Ontario
Wheelchair Sports Alberta Association Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Tennis, Wheelchair Rugby Edmonton, Alberta
Whistler Adaptive Sports Program Society Para-Rowing Whistler, British Columbia

About the Recruitment Program Fund (RPF)
Launched in 2010 (formerly called the First Contact Fund), the Recruitment Program Fund (RPF) is intended to support the creation of a new program, or go towards the expansion of an existing successful initiative providing a positive introductory parasport experience. Funds may be used towards enhancing program options, such as facility rental space, coaching, volunteer training and more.

About RBC Insurance
RBC Insurance, through its operating entities, provides a wide range of travel, life, health, home, auto, wealth and reinsurance products and solutions, as well as creditor and business insurance services, to individual and group clients. RBC Insurance has more than four million clients in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. Our products and services are offered through a wide variety of distribution channels, including call centres, retail insurance branches, independent brokers, travel agents, a proprietary sales force and the Internet.

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


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