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Power-Chair Football

Member to Member Newsletter 16 Summer 2008Hello!

My name if Marilyne Turcot, and I've discovered "power-chair football," a new sport specifically for people in wheel chairs. My high school (Joseph-Charbonneau) is starting to develop this new sport.

Power-chair football comes from soccer. The rules and equipment have been adapted for people with reduced mobility. To do this sport, each player has a bumper on his or her chair so they can play in complete safety. The ball is 33 cm in diameter.

There was a power-chair football tournament held in Vancouver last July (2007) and our school wanted to take part. Out of the 12 students selected to play this sport at our school, six of them were chosen for the Vancouver event, and I'm happy to say I was one of them!

Our week in Vancouver was unforgettable. We played several matches with teams that had been playing this sport a long time (between 3 and 10 years), whereas we only had about three months of experience. But our scores always were pretty close.

At the end of the tournament, we were recognized as having the best team spirit. The whole experience made us proud and confident.

I hope I've been able to get across how passionate I am about power-chair football.

To get more information, visit my school's internet website, at
www.csdm.qc.ca/joseph-charbonnea and go to the Power Chair Football section.

There, you'll be able to learn more about the sport and read about each player's experience in Vancouver. There are also several photos.

Thanks!

Marilyne Turcot, player #5 on the Blitz power-chair football team!


MSC
Montreal, QC