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Parasport in Canada receives $346,500 investment in grassroots programs

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

2012-13 Recruitment Program Fund Recipients (opens PDF in new window)

OTTAWA, May 29, 2012 - 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

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

For more information, contact:

Alison Korn, Manager, Media Relations, Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: 613-569-4333 ext. 243, Cell: 613-298-4927

Laura Ferris, Coordinator, Recruitment Program Support, Canadian Paralympic Committee
Tel: (613) 569-4333 x233,

Margie McNeil, RBC Insurance,

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