Alberta Powerchair Soccer players go to Vernon for the annual BC Storm Tournament

Congratulations to our Alberta Powerchair Soccer athletes who played last weekend in the annual BC Storm Powerchair Soccer Tournament in Vernon, BC. 

Thank you to all the athletes, coaches, volunteers, and families for making this another great year with BC Storm! And especially thank you to Michelle McCullough and everyone that organized and made this event possible!

ACPSA Boccia players compete at Defi Sportif Altergo

Media Release                                                                                                               May 4, 2018

ACPSA Boccia players compete at Defi Sportif Altergo

Last weekend, ACPSA travelled to Montreal, QC for the one-of-a-kind Defi Sportif Altergo, hosting over 7,000 elite and upcoming athletes, across all deficiencies, from all over Canada and over 15 countries. It is the largest annual multi-sport event in Canada and ACPSA is proud to say that two Albertans were present this year in Boccia for the first time in about 14 years!

47 athletes from across Canada gathered at the Maurice-Richard and two of our members, Cyla Schoneck and Chandra Round, participated in the BC3 division in the National Boccia competition. Competing in their very first national competition was a huge feat for both Round and Schoneck. Though they didn’t have the results they would’ve liked, they took it as a learning experience and are now more motivated than ever to keep practicing and improving their game.

“I had the most amazing time!” said Schoneck “It was a huge learning experience competing with and watching some amazing players. I’ve gained a whole new love for the sport and look forward to returning next year”

Schoneck only came up with one win throughout the tournament, but it marked a milestone in Alberta Boccia history as our first win in national competitions and we could not be more proud! ACPSA being present at this kind of high level competition has been eye opening for our athletes and staff, and with what we’ve learned, we will work hard to grow the sport in Alberta so we can one day challenge the very strong Quebec who dominated in most divisions.

It is also worth mentioning that our Edmonton Assassins were present at this event representing Alberta in the sport of Powerchair Soccer. Our experienced and skilled Assassins had a 2-1-1 record and ended up winning silver! We are very proud of Alberta and our athletes Josh Taylor, Kiley Geddie, Ryan Rondeau and Marty Rondeau, showing Canada how strong we are!

 

Alberta Cerebral Palsy Sports Association
Percy Page Centre, 11759 Groat Road NW
Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6
www.acpsa.ca

 

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Australia to Host 2021 FIPFA Powerchair Football World Cup

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT | Australia has been awarded hosting rights for the 2021 FIPFA World Cup! The event is set to be held in Sydney's Olympic Park precinct.

The APFA Executive would like to give our thanks to everyone who has helped make this a reality. Special thanks must go to our patron, Mr Rale Rasic, CEO of Football NSW Stuart Hodge and Head of Community Football Peter Hugg, CEO of Football Federation of Australia David Gallop and Head of National Teams Luke Casserley and NSW Minister for Disability Services,  the Hon. Ray Williams MP.

This is a major boost for powerchair football in Australia and is an amazing opportunity for our country to host a major sporting event. Congratulations to all involved!

2018 NATIONAL BOCCIA TRAINING SQUAD AND MONTREAL WORLD OPEN TEAM ANNOUNCED

(Ottawa, ON) March 14, 2018 – Boccia Canada is pleased to announce the 14 athletes named to the 2018 National Boccia Training Squad plus the team that will compete at the first World Open of the season in Montreal.

Boccia Canada has shifted the timing of the National Boccia Training Squad selection to better align with the Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed) calendar. During the transition, the 2017/18 team is being extended until December 31, 2018, with the exception of Brock Richardson and Paul Gauthier, who stepped down from the Squad due to retirement and injury respectively. Athletes are selected from the National Boccia Training Squad to compete at international events through the year.

The primary focus this year for the Squad is the World Championships being held in Liverpool, United Kingdom this August, but athletes are already beginning to set their sights on the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

“Many of the best athletes in the world will be in Montreal this year for the Montreal World Open and it will be a great occasion for our Canadian to show off their skills.” Comments Head Coach Mario Delisle on the teams first competition of the year. “Athletes in all classes from the National Squad were chosen for that event and we are looking for a solid performance from this group despite the quality of the field. The experience to benefit from is huge and we will have to maximize the learnings.”

The following athletes have been named to the National Boccia Training Squad:

BC1
Hanif Mawji (Burnaby, BC)
Josée Lamothe (Trois-Rivières, QC)
Éric Lefebvre (Montreal, QC)

BC2
Adam Dukovich (London, ON)
Benoit Ostiguy (Montreal, QC)
Tammy McLeod (London, ON)
Mike Mercer (St. John’s, NL)

BC3
Eric Bussière (Montreal, QC)
Bruno Garneau (Montreal, QC)
Philippe Lord (Montreal, QC)
Marylou Martineau (Quebec, QC)

BC4
Marco Dispaltro (St-Jerome, QC)
Alison Levine (Cote Saint Luc, QC)
Iulian Ciobanu (Montreal, QC)


The following athletes have been named to the team for the Montreal World Open:

BC1
Hanif Mawji
Eric Lefebvre

BC2
Mike Mercer
Benoit Ostiguy

BC3
Eric Bussiere
Philippe Lord
Bruno Garneau

BC4
Alison Levine
Marco Dispaltro
Iulian Ciobanu

About Boccia Canada

Boccia Canada is the boccia delivery arm of the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (CCPSA), the National Sport Organization for the Paralympic sport of boccia. Boccia Canada is focused on providing athletes and individuals of all ages and skill with the chance to play a unique Paralympic sport. CCPSA collaborates with partners to increase the participation of Canadians with cerebral palsy and related disabilities in sport and physical activity, while leading, developing and growing boccia from grassroots, to producing World and Paralympic Champions.

 

About Boccia

Boccia is a Paralympic sport of precision and strategy similar to lawn bowling or curling, played by athletes with Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and related disabilities. It is one of only two Paralympic sports that do not have an Olympic counterpart. Athletes compete in one of four sport classes based on their level and type of disability: BC1, BC2, BC3 and BC4. For more information on boccia, visit www.bocciacanada.ca.

Expression of Interest

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Powerchair Football Canada

Expression of Interest for players interested in trying out for Team Canada

In late 2014 and 2016 Powerchair Football Canada (PFC) sent out an expression of interest for power soccer players interested in trying out for Powerchair Football Canada’s national team. With the Powercahir Football Conference of the America’s world cup qualifying tournament slated for 2019 PFC is sending out a new expression of interest for players interested in trying out for Team Canada.  PFC encourages all current Team Canada players to reapply and new players who are interested in joining Team Canada to submit their application.

Interested players must be aware:

  • Their attendance, at yet to be determined tournament and training camps, will be mandatory. Training camps and tournament allow Team Canada’s coaching staff to run athletes through training drills, demonstrate set plays and undertake a degree of player assessment.  
  • If selected to Team Canada players will have to make a significant time commitment to allow for ongoing training, and travel to selected training camps and tournaments.
  • If selected to Team Canada players may be expected to travel both nationally and internationally. Players will need to make a significant financial commitment to cover the required costs.  PFC is not in a position to help fund travel for players interested in attending those tournaments and training sessions.

Interested players are to submit their application to kencunningham@shaw.ca by March 15th, 2018. Applications are to:

  • indicate the name, address, phone number and email address of the player
  • indicate which team they currently play for and how many years they have played 
  • Indicate if they have had a formal powerchair football classification completed, and if so, what classification were they assessed at, and if it was a “confirmed” status.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at kencunningham@shaw.ca

Ken Cunningham
Technical Director
Powerchair Football Canada

BOCCIA CANADA’S 2017-18 NEXTGEN PROGRAM RECEIVES ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT

For Immediate Release

January 31, 2018

(Ottawa, ON) Boccia Canada is excited to announce additional funding received to support and enhance the NextGen boccia program. This added financial support was made possible by Boccia Canada’s partners Sport Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Paralympic Foundation of Canada.

Boccia Canada’s NextGen program aims to provide top-notch training for up and coming Canadian boccia athletes by inviting them to the National Training Centre in Montreal to train with National Team Coaches and National Boccia Squad members.  While at the National Training Centre, located at the Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec), NextGen athletes can take advantage of world-class equipment and sport science services available to them onsite.

“Having additional funding to support the next generation of athletes allows us to invite more athletes to our training center and benefit from our coaching expertise and specialists,” states Head Coach Mario Delisle. “Athletes will have the opportunity to train and play with other national squad athletes and for some, have the chance to participate in tournaments while in Montreal.  The coaches are excited and looking forward to these visits.”

Athletes from across the country have been identified as having the potential to reach the National Team level and participate at international events. With three training camps planned for this winter, athletes are taking advantage of this opportunity to improve their game and learn from the best in Canada.

NextGen Athletes Identified for the Program
Lance Cryderman (Val Caron, ON)
Jim Davis (Niagara Falls, ON)
Lois Martin (St. John’s, NL)
Hayley Redmond (St. John’s, NL)
Dorya Belal (Montreal, QC)
Josh Gauthier (Niagara, ON)
Alex Lemaire (Kingsey Falls, QC)
Olivier Roy (Quebec, QC)
Emrick Trudeau (Montreal, QC)
Alek St. Pierre (Blainville, QC)
Kristyn Collins (St. John’s, NL)

CP Football Development Camp

CPISRA is offering a Female CP Football Development Camp and Competition as part of the 2018 CP World Games. 

Each person would have to cover their cost of flights, all other expenses would be covered (accommodations, meals, airport transfers, clothing for participation).

Funding from ACPSA may be available to women athletes with CP who wish to attend, email contact@acpsa.ca for more information.

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BOCCIA TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR BISFED WORLD OPEN IN KANSAS CITY, USA

Media Release
(French to follow / La version française suivra)

BOCCIA TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR BISFED WORLD OPEN IN KANSAS CITY, USA

Sept 18, 2017

(Ottawa, ON) Boccia Canada is excited to announce the athletes going to the 2017 BISFed World Open in Kansas City, USA from Sept 22-28.

A month after the Americas Regional Championship in Cali, Colombia, the team is ready to face a broader range of competitors at their first World Open of the 2020 Paralympic cycle. Sixteen countries will be competing at this tournament, providing diverse competition and challenge for Canadian athletes.

For Head Coach Mario Delisle, it’s also a chance to focus on developing the next generation of athletes.

“This year is important as it give opportunities to athletes who have shown progress over the last year. Bringing Josee Lamothe, Eric Lefebvre, Mike Mercer and Marylou Martineau to Kansas City for this World Open gives them the experience of a larger international event and the opportunity to show their potential at this higher level.”

The competition takes place at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Competition starts on Sept 24 with the closing ceremonies on Sept 28. For live results follow www.BISFed.com

Team Canada:

BC1
Josée Lamothe (Trois-Rivières, QC)
Eric Lefebvre (Montreal, QC)

BC2
Adam Dukovich (London, ON)
Mike Mercer (St. John’s, NL)

BC3
Eric Bussiére (Verchères, QC)
Bruno Garneau (Montreal, QC)
Marylou Martineau (Quebec, QC)

BC4
Alison Levine (Montreal, QC)
Iulian Ciobanu (Montreal, QC)
Marco Dispaltro (Saint-Jérôme, QC)

About Boccia Canada

Boccia Canada is the boccia delivery arm of the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (CCPSA), the National Sport Organization for the Paralympic sport of boccia. Boccia Canada is focused on providing athletes and individuals of all ages and skill with the chance to play a unique Paralympic sport. CCPSA and its provincial partners cooperate as a proactive force to facilitate the development of equitable and fair sporting opportunities for athletes with cerebral palsy and related disabilities.

About boccia

Boccia is a Paralympic sport of precision and strategy similar to lawn bowling or curling, played by athletes with Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and related disabilities. It is one of only two Paralympic sports that do not have an Olympic counterpart. Athletes compete in one of four sport classes based on their level and type of disability: BC1, BC2, BC3 and BC4. For more information on boccia, visitwww.bocciacanada.ca

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BOCCIA CANADA ANNONCE SON ÉQUIPE PRÉSENTE À L’OPEN MONDIAL BISFED DE KANSAS CITY


18 septembre 2017

(Ottawa, Ontario) Boccia Canada annonce avec fierté la liste de ses athlètes qui prendront part à l’Open mondial BISFED qui aura lieu à Kansas City, aux États-Unis, du 22 au 28 septembre.

Un mois après le Championnat régional des Amériques de Cali (Colombie), l’équipe est prête à faire face à plusieurs adversaires de taille à cette première compétition Open mondial du cycle paralympique en vue des Jeux de 2020. 16 pays seront présents à ce tournoi ce qui permettra aux athlètes canadiens de relever plusieurs défis.

Selon l’entraîneur Mario Delisle, cette compétition sera une belle occasion d’acquérir de l’expérience pour les athlètes de la nouvelle génération.

« C’est une année importante et les athlètes qui ont fait preuve d’une belle progression au cours de la dernière année pourront démontrer ce qu’ils peuvent faire. La présence de Josée Lamothe, Éric Lefebvre, Mike Mercer et Marylou Martineau à cet Open mondial de Kansas City leur donnera une expérience internationale afin qu’ils démontrent leur potentiel à une compétition de haut niveau. »

Le tournoi sera disputé au KCI Expo Center de Kansas City, au Missouri. Les compétitions débuteront le 24 septembre et la cérémonie de fermeture aura lieu le 28 septembre. Les résultats en direct seront à cette adresse : www.BISFed.com .
 
Équipe canadienne:

BC1
Josée Lamothe (Trois-Rivières, QC)
Éric Lefebvre (Montréal, QC)

BC2
Adam Dukovich (London, ON)
Mike Mercer (St. John’s, NL)

BC3
Eric Bussière (Verchères, QC)
Bruno Garneau (Montréal, QC)
Marylou Martineau (Québec, QC)

BC4
Alison Levine (Montréal, QC)
Iulian Ciobanu (Montréal, QC)
Marco Dispaltro (Saint-Jérôme, QC)

À propos de Boccia Canada

Boccia Canada est le « maître d’œuvre » de l’Association canadienne de sports pour paralytiques cérébraux (ACSPC), l’organisme national de sport qui régit le boccia, un sport paralympique. Boccia Canada s’efforce d’offrir aux athlètes et aux individus, quels que soient leur âge et leur niveau d’aptitude, la chance de pratiquer un sport paralympique unique. L’ACSPC et ses partenaires provinciaux constituent une force proactive et travaillent de concert au développement de possibilités sportives équitables et justes pour les athlètes ayant une paralysie cérébrale ou une déficience connexe.

À propos du boccia

Le boccia est un sport paralympique de précision et de stratégie similaire au boulingrin ou au curling qui est pratiqué par des athlètes ayant une paralysie cérébrale, une dystrophie musculaire ou une déficience connexe. Il s’agit de l’un des deux seuls sports paralympiques n’ayant pas d’équivalent olympique. Les athlètes concourent dans l’une des quatre catégories existantes, en fonction de leur niveau et de leur déficience : BC1, BC2, BC3 et BC4. Pour de amples renseignements sur le boccia, visiter www.bocciacanada.ca.

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