The Paralympic Foundation of Canada received a CAD 40,000 donation from Intelliware Development, a custom software development and services firm based in Toronto, to impact Para athletes’ performances on their road to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
From this donation, 50 per cent will support high performance programming for the Para cycling and wheelchair basketball teams, whilst the other half will be directed to the Circle of Champions funding initiative.
The Circle of Champions provides funding to ensure that Canadian Paralympic athletes have access to the best coaching, training environments, equipment and sport science.
“This donation arrives in the crucial months leading up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, which means it is not only helping established athletes but the stars of tomorrow as well,” said Jim Westlake, Chair of the Paralympic Foundation of Canada.
“The benefits will be felt for years to come.”
The Paralympic Foundation of Canada is the new philanthropic arm of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and was established recently to ensure that the programmes, equipment and people are in place to propel more Canadians with a disability all the way from the playground to the Paralympic podium.
Greg McKenzie, Intelliware Development Senior Vice-President, agreed on the importance Para sports have for achieving social inclusion.
“More and more Canadians are becoming aware of Paralympic sport and we want them to see these athletes at their best and delivering peak performances,” he said.
“It means so much to us to be able to help Paralympic athletes and Paralympic hopefuls achieve their highest goals.”
More information is available on the Paralympic Foundation of Canada website.