By Tom Degun

Invacare logoNovember 5 - Invacare Canada, a leading manufacturer of wheelchairs for both everyday use and competitive sports, have signed a four-year partnership with the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) through to the end of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The new deal, which gives Invacare Canada Official Supplier status, will see the organisation supply equipment to CPC's Para-Equipment Fund, which awards grants and equipment to local, provincial and national sports organisations.

Invacare will supply wheelchairs for such sports as wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball, athletics and hand cycling.

"It can be prohibitively expensive for kids with a disability to get involved in sport, and that's something we are committed to changing," said CPC chief executive Henry Storgaard.

"This partnership will help nurture the hopes and dreams of more kids with disabilities, allowing them to participate and be active through Invacare's product lines and maybe even one day compete for Canada at the Paralympic Games."

Invacare Canada general manager Vince Morelli admitted that the company was simply delighted to get involved.

"We at Invacare Canada are thrilled to be working with the CPC," said Morelli.

"This relationship will allow us to work towards our goal of making life's experiences possible - whether providing opportunities for young people with disabilities to enjoy a healthy lifestyle or supporting the achievements of our outstanding group of elite Canadian Paralympic athletes competing at multi-sport Games."

Invacare Canada is part of Invacare Corporation, which has 6,100 associates and markets its products in 80 countries around the world.

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