Powerchair Football (or Power Soccer) is a fast paced, competitive sport for persons with disabilities of all ages who use electric wheelchairs. Our sport has been played since the early 80′s and is currently being played here in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. The sport previously had many different forms played all over the world, but recently countries met with the objective of developing an international set of rules. These new rules were modeled after the French and English style of play, which is more open and requires more passing. Players use powerchairs equipped with footguards to pass, shoot and carry the ball with the objective of scoring the most goals. The sport is played in a gymnasium. Each team is allowed 4 players on the court at one time including the goalkeeper.
Congratulations to the members of Team Canada, selected to represent Canada at the 2017 Powerchair Football World Cup in Florida. May the memory and example of the lives of those who gave their utmost for Powerchair Football, be with you in spirit while you are competing in Florida, inspiring you to see your lives without limits and to appreciate each others’ contribution to the building of this dynamic sport.
Here is an example of one athlete who gave his utmost, Angus Epp.
Powersoccer wasn’t just a sport for Angus. It was a way of life. It was his calling. Powersoccer gave Angus mobility, expanding his horizons, much like a powerchair did. Angus loved sports. Powersoccer was created for him and others like him. Angus shaped his life around Powersoccer. It gave him a feeling of connection, friends, dreams, focus and hope.
Angus Epp, #19, was a Powerchair Football athlete from 1997 to 2013 and assistant coach for the Surrey Transformers in British Columbia, Canada. He helped start the team along with his father, Gordon Epp, who was the coach. Angus understood how helping others is the key to helping yourself. One of his teammates commented that Angus was the most humble player he had ever played with.
Angus, at age 10, in 1998, was initiated into the world of Powersoccer through international tournament play. He played alongside veteran athlete Keith Knight, age 11, in San Jose, California. This experience expanded his view beyond the home team, giving him a vision of the role he would play in development of the sport, which included recruiting his parents into any plans of action.
After a few years of helping to reestablish a team in Vancouver, along with Dale McLeod, current member of Team Canada, Angus gave up the opportunity to continue playing on what was by now a more advanced team, to help grow the sport in nearby Surrey, BC. He thrived in his role as Team Captain nurturing several new athletes. The sport continued to develop provincially and by the time the idea of developing an international sport emerged in Canada, Angus was ready for it. When he first heard about the French style of play, he wanted to move to France and learn the game, then bring it back home to Canada.
Angus didn’t make it to France, but he did have the opportunity to participate in the development of a new international sport combining 3 styles of play, known today as Powerchair Football. At the same time, he and his family participated in developing Powerchair Football Canada.
Before attending the first Powerchair Football World Cup in Japan, in 2007, as part of the Canadian delegation, he wrote a song about his life called “The Road of Importance” and said: “I’m going to live my life to the Nth degree”. He certainly did live his life without limits. Going to the World Cup in Japan, Angus said, was the highlight of his life.
Angus has passed the torch onto the current members of Team Canada. May you carry it with pride, knowing that you carry a legacy of the efforts made by each and every Powersoccer athlete in Canada since the 1980’s, a legacy that will assist you in your own efforts to make this World Cup the highlight of your lives. Go, Canada, go!
On July 1st, 2017, the following dedicated Canadian powerchair football athletes will be representing 2017 Team Canada at 2017 FIPFA World Cup in Orlando Florida …..What a great way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday!
Jean Philippe Bureau (Quebec), Vanessa Chen (British Columbia), Matthieu Des Roches (Quebec), Ana Lu (British Columbia), Diane Lu (British Columbia), Dale McLeod (British Columbia), Ian Wright (British Columbia), Lareina Yung (British Columbia) Alternates: Caroline Seguin (Quebec), Josh Taylor (Alberta), Kiley Geddie (Alberta)
Head Coach: Lianna Yung (British Columbia)
Assistant Coach: Pierre Seguin (Quebec)
These athletes have been committed in their training to master skills and techniques in preparations for this highest international level competition. Across our vast country, they have travelled to numerous tournaments in Vancouver, BC for Coastal Cup, Montreal, Quebec for Defi Sportif, internationally in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for 2014 PFCA COPA AMÉRICAS and for some in Paris, France for 2011 FIPFA World Cup.
It takes great strength for them to take on the day, to deal with their health issues, to overcome their daily challenges and to face extreme financial costs. Despite all the difficulties these athletes face, they are determined to be their best for their country and represent Canada at the World Cup.
Team Canada receives no government funding, so please consider supporting the team by donating and sharing our Go Fund Me fundraising page:
For more info on how you can help please contact PFC Chairperson:
Scott Germain email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can join in the excitement by watching the World Cup games starting on July 5, 2017 at the following link:
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Thank you to everyone for your support!!!
PFC has announced the players making up Team Canada that will be representing Canada at the 2017 FIPFA World Cup. These individuals are:
Ana Lu, British Columbia
Dale McLeod, British Columbia
Diane Lu, British Columbia
Ian Wright, British Columbia
Jean Philippe Bureau, Quebec
Lareina Yung, British Columbia
Matthieu Des Roches, Quebec
Vanessa Chen, British Columbia
Caroline Seguin, Quebec (Alternate)
Emilie St-Denis Laroche, Quebec (Alternate)
Josh Taylor, Alberta (Alternate)
Patrick Des Groseillers, Quebec (Alternate)
Lianna Yung, British Columbia (Coach)
Pierre Seguin, Quebec (Coach)
Team Canada has created a Gofundme account for those interested in helping the players reach their fundraising goal and help send the team to the World Cup!! Please help us by liking and sharing this post!!
by Jean-Philippe Bureau
I participated in the Défi Sportif 2016 in Montreal as a player of Team Québec. This year, there were teams from BC, Vermont, Brazil and Uruguay. It is to be part of such tournaments that we practice and train hard every week. It’s always nice to see the players from the other teams that you had a chance to meet before and see this friendship grow with time. The players from Canada, we meet twice a year: at Défi Sportif and at Coastal Cup. Since I was sick and missed the last competition in BC, I was really happy to see my friends from team BC, top sports people. Familiar faces also from Vermont who always show great sportsmanship. Despite the language issue, I made sure to make new friends from Brazil and Uruguay, exchanging t-shirts and I still follow them on Facebook. The songs and encouragements of their supporters created a joyful and festive atmosphere all along the tournament. In the end, my team didn’t win any medal, but we had the chance to practice all together, some players from Team Quebec and Team BC, to try to make Team Canada. It was a good experience to learn from these more experienced players and to get to know Lianna, Head Coach of future Team Canada.
*Flights for team members, their personal care aides (as players require help to undertake day to day activities), coaches and team staff,
*Travel, medical and sport insurance,
*Medical equipment (hospital bed and hoyer lift rentals),
*Team Canada uniforms and sports equipment,
*Administration costs prior to and at the tournament.With your help we know we can fuel a team and give players the opportunity of a lifetime.
Vancouver Lightning Team
33 Years’ of Powerchair Football History!
In memory of Canada’s oldest Powerchair Football athlete, John Nyce 1961 – 2016. Here he is in an historical photo back in 1983, on the far right, playing “Motorsoccer”, a precursor to “Powersoccer”, which of course helped develop the present-day much loved sport of Powerchair Football.
John loved his sport and was a very dedicated athlete who only ever missed a practice if his health or resources interfered with his heart’s delight! He enjoyed the camaraderie with other athletes and had a good chuckle watching the enthusiasm of his younger teammates, as young as age 4, show the world what to do when life gives you a disability – use it to score goals! Over the years John participated in numerous tournaments, starting with the 1983 BC Disability Games and more recently in Penticton, Kamloops and Surrey.
Thank you, John, for your example of living up to the “Soccer for Life” long-term athlete development model.
This past August 2015 Ken Cunningham Technical Director for Power Football Canada, and
Cathy Cunningham member of Sportability BC Power Soccer Sporting Committee, had the
opportunity to attend a three day power soccer /boccia summit in Edmonton Alberta. They
worked with new power soccer players, coaches and officials. They provided sessions on
getting a team started, running practices, setting up tournaments, equipment advances and officiating. The three days of classroom sessions were followed by a weekend power soccer tournament. Teams were formed by mixing up the new players with our more seasoned players from B.C. BC players acted as mentors and coaches on the court for the new players. They gave encouragement and directions to help the new players understand the game better. It was exciting to see the Alberta players improve tremendously over the course of the two days. Some Alberta players have now ordered Strike Force chairs and are committed to the sport.
Eight players attended from BC: Daniel Cunningham, Shayne DeWildt, Ian Wright, Harry Hutton, Nick Kroft, Joey Christiansen, and Ana and Diane Lu. There were 8 – 10 Alberta players taking part over the course of the summit. The summit offered plenty of time to discuss current issues such as classification, fundraising, yearly competitions, PFC, FIPFA, and equipment. One highlight of the summit was the athlete panel where athletes from both power soccer and boccia were able to talk about their sport. There was also the social aspect of the five-day event, including lunches and dinner where all players and volunteers had a chance to share their experiences.
The summit was a great experience, and we were glad that our B.C. players and volunteers were able to attend and promote the sport in Alberta. We are looking forward to seeing many Alberta players at upcoming tournaments. A special thanks goes out to
Margaret Conquest and Casey Nielsen, from Alberta Cerebral Palsy Sports Association, who organized and funded the Summit and Sportability BC who supported this event.
During the recent 2015 Coastal Cup Powerchair Football Tournament in Cloverdale, BC hosted by Sportability teams from across BC, Quebec and Tacoma Washington were able to compete in this event. Thank you to Sportability for providing an opportunity for the 15 players from across Canada to try out for the national team for the upcoming FIPFA Powerchair Football World Cup.
Shayne DeWildt, one of the players who is trying out for Team Canada has a few words to say: “I am excited to have the opportunity to play with the Quebec players, both in practice and in game situations. I was excited to meet the Canadian national coach and seeing what he has to offer for the next Team Canada! I am looking forward to the next opportunity in early May for the Defi Sportif tournament in Montreal and see the coach again. We’re all looking to get tuned up for the World Cup. I would like to take every chance I get to thank all the players, parents, volunteers, and sponsors across Canada for their generous support in making this sport what it is today.”