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Powersoccer is an exciting sport played by individuals with many different types of disabilities. Anyone who uses a power wheelchair is eligible to play. Our sport has been played since the late '70s and is currently being played here in BC, Quebec, the United States, Brazil, Australia, Europe and Asia.

Players use powerchairs equipped with footguards to manoeuvre a 13-inch soccer ball around other players with the objective of scoring the most goals to win the game. The sport is played in a gymnasium. Each team is allowed 4 players on the court at one time including the goalkeeper.

Powersoccer Promo Video

Why Play Powersoccer?

- make new friends

- Master a new skill

- learn about teamwork and leadership

- gain independence and communication skills

- Play recreationally and/ or competitively

- Participate locally to world wide


Rick Mercer tries out Powersoccer

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 Powerchair Sports are exercise too

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HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT POWERSOCCER?   

You can help in any of the following ways:

VOLUNTEER - Any one with an interest in enriching the lives of people with limited mobility. No experience required, however anyone who has had previous experience in coaching/ reffing sports is very much appreciated.

COACH

REFEREE

PARTICIPATE – Attend tournaments and fundraisers

DONATE – Your donation will help this unique program in areas such as sports equipment. equipment maintenance and repair, gym rental, transportation, personal attendant fees, registration fees, etc.


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THANK YOU TO POWERSOCCER SUPPORTERS

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM

The Greater Vancouver area powersoccer players would like to thank you for your support in helping these players participate in this rewarding sport. Your involvement is greatly appreciated and your donation will go towards their travel costs for the upcoming tournament.


Thank you to all the volunteers and the following donators for the Pub Night Fundraiser

on March 1, 2014.


John Marks

Park Road Liquor Store

Shoppers Drug Mart (Granville St.)

Famoso Pizzeria

Nesters Market (Main St.)

BC Lions

Whitecaps FC

JJ Bean (Main St.)

Wellscan Company

Wonderbucks (Commercial Dr. )

Dilly Dally Toys

49th Parallel Roasters

Loren, Nancke & Company

Enoteca Bacco Importers

Patti Goss (RemaxAdvantage Reality, New West)

Wes Goss

McLeod Family

Galvani Family

Lu Family

Melanie Pudlas

Cindy Balayewich

Brian and JaniceMarks

Burnaby FirefighterClub

 


NEW BURNABY POWERSOCCER TEAM

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 4:15 PM
A NEW Powersoccer team has started in Burnaby.

The City of Burnaby Parks and Rec has organized a program for powerchair users to participate in the team sport of Powersoccer.

This program will be held in the brand new Edmonds Community Centre which provides other opportunities such as accessible pool and weight room.

There is no need to pre-register as this is a Drop-In program with a user fee for each visit.

 

Powersoccer will provide a great opportunity to master a new skill, build self confidence, learn about teamwork, experience the sport environment. become part of a supportive community, make new friends, and have fun!

 

DATE:        January 18 – March 29, 2014   ( NO practice on Feb 1 )

 

TIME:        Saturdays at 12:30 – 2:30 pm

 

WHERE:   Edmonds Community Centre

                7433 Edmonds Street

                Burnaby, BC

                Near Highgate (Middlegate) Shopping Plaza on Kingsway

 

For more info, please contact Aaron at #778-387-2540.

Angus Cowan Epp

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 4:05 PM

April 4, 1988 - January 11, 2014


It is with great sadness that we announce that we have lost a great friend and competitor, Angus Epp on January 11, 2014.


Angus was a hard working team member of Powersoccer, who was incredibly committed to the growth and progress of the sport at the local, Provincial, National and International levels. He began playing Powersoccer in the late 90's for the Vancouver team. In 2002 he and his father Gord founded the Surrey Transformers, a forceful team at B.C. Provincials and in the lower mainland league. He later moved onto the North Shore Eagles team. He competed in numerous tournaments and promoted the sport in many areas in BC, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and Georgia.


In 2004 Angus and his family did a road trip to Mesa, Arizona to compete at the Power Blast Tournament. With his supportive parents Gord and Cheryl, and his Aunt Shirley (the Scrabble Lady), Angus did a month long road trip to Atlanta, Georgia in 2006. While in Atlanta, Angus was part of Team Canada and part of the Canadian Delegation. The delegation helped lay the foundation for the International Rules for Powerchair Football, and this is where Powerchair Football Canada was created. In 2007 Angus travelled to Japan as part of the Canadian Delegation for the first Powerchair Football World Cup. The progression of his condition, did not hold him back in participating in the sport he loved. He continued to compete in BC Provincials, the America Champions Cup 2010, annual BC Storm tournaments in Penticton, and last year he had the opportunity to play amongst teams from Japan and Quebec at the 2013 Coastal Cup.


He will be remembered by our community as a kind, caring, and talented individual. Rest in Peace Angus, you will be remembered by many.


2014 PFCA COPA AMERICAS

Posted on January 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM
In April, Vancouver and Montreal players and coach Gordon Marks will be embarking to the first National team championship of the Americas Hemisphere.  This inaugural event will help to strengthen and grow Powerchair Football world wide.  Brazil has extended the invitation to not only North and South American nationals teams, but look forward to Europe and the Pacific teams join this prestigious sporting event.

 

 

DATE:              April 24 – May 5, 2014

 

LOCATION:    Rio de Janerio, Brazil

2013 COASTAL CUP POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 1:30 PM
This International tournament is open to all teams including development players

to help increase the competition level within in Powersoccer.  

There will be  2 Japan teams,  1 Quebec team  and  2 BC Teams participating.

 

In addition, the tournament will include:

 

     NATIONAL Game:   BC   vs   Quebec

     DATE:                      Saturday June 8, 2013

     TIME:                      3 PM

     LOCATION:             Richmond Olympic Oval

                                    6111 River Road   

 

Everyone is welcome to cheer on the BC team to hold the Canada Cup in this province.

Please bring a jacket as temperatures could be as low as 11° C due to the ice rink.

For more info visit:   www.sportabilitybc.ca

2013 BC PROVINCIAL POWERCHAIR FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Teams across BC will be participating in this annual Championship held this year in

Kamloops, BC,  Tournament Capital Centre on June 15 – 16.

 

For more info visit:   www.sportabilitybc.ca

THANK YOU !!!!!

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Thank you to everyone who helped support the GVWESS Powersoccer Pub Night on April 13, 2013.  The event was very successful in raising funds for the local teams to travel to Kamloops for the BC Provincial Powerchair Football Championship on June 15 - 16, 2013.

A big thank you to all the volunteers and to the following silent auction contributors:

 

            Mike Hawkins

            Vancouver Whitecaps FC

            Fratelli Bakery

            Continental Coffee, 1806 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

            Wonderbucks,   1803 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

            JJ Bean,  2206 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

            Home Hardware,  1575 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

            1st Avenue Liquor Store

            Brian and Janice Marks, Semiahmoo Glass

            Cadeaux Gifts

            Stephanie Barritt, Mortgage Architects

            David Fairbairn, Fairpoint Home Inspection

            Maxine Genoa

            Cindy Balayewich

            Raymond Tabeshi

            Teresa Daniels

            Lianna Yung

            The McLeod Family

            The Lu Family

            Burnaby Fire Fighter Club

 

 

STRATTON PHILIP WHITAKER

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM

August 18,1990- February 12,2013



It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Stratton Whitaker.


Stratton was a competitive dependable player for the Vancouver Lightning/ Thunder Powerchair Football Team since 2000. He was part of teams that succeeded as Provincial and National Champions. Stratton was also a member of Team Canada 2011 that competed at the Powerchair Football World Cup in Paris, France. During his time playing Powerchair Football, Stratton travelled to Mesa, Arizona, San Jose, California, Atlanta, Georgia, Montreal, Quebec, Seattle, Washington, Calgary, Alberta and his native province, British Columbia. During his first travel to Mesa Stratton received his first Red Card, this matched his hair. Stratton and his witty sense of humour will be missed by all who knew him. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Whitaker Family.

 


 


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