Powerchair Football Canada is a member of FIPFA (Federation of International Powerchair Football Associations) an international federation working to develop power soccer on an international level. We work both nationally and internationally in the development of power soccer.
Currently in Canada there are teams in British Columbia and Quebec. For the sport to be recognized as a national sport it needs to be played in more provinces and so we are working hard to expand the sport to other provinces of Canada. Our ultimate goal is to eventually have the sport introduced as an official Paralympics sport.
To get an idea on what this rewarding sport is about, please check out our videos:
RICK MERCER TRIES POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL
PROMOTION OF POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL
Power Soccer, a precursor to Powerchair Football, first started in Victoria, BC, on Vancouver Island in 1979 as Motor Ball, when a physiotherapist threw a large, red exercise ball across the floor to a group of unsuspecting powerchair users. Little did they know, with that first kick back of the ball, that they were on the cutting edge of a worldwide movement, and that another style of play had already started, on the other side of the planet, in France.
Canada, a vast country, spanning 4500 kms, slightly larger than the U.S. and China put together, but with a small population of 36 million, presented an incredible challenge to the development of a national sport for athletes with a disability who use powerchairs. Dedication and perseverance prevailed over immense travel distances and expense, and limited funding, to make Powerchair Football the national sport it is today. Canada may hold the record for the longest recreational Powerchair Football player for 33 years. John Nyce on the Vancouver Lightning team certainly sets the example of living up to the “Soccer for Life” long-term athlete development model.
With a balanced focus on growing the sport of powerchair football on every level from a local recreational activity up to an international competitive level, and by conquering enormous challenges with travel, distance, language, funding, and athlete long-term development; what better contribution could Canada offer to FIPFA and its member countries, than its own story of development. 27 countries later and counting, each country with it’s own unique sport history, together, we have made a difference.
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