8 Teams Confirmed So Far for Boccia Throwdown!

The countdown is on.  8 teams have taken on the fundraising and impending indoor boccia challenge – to help fuel the Canadian Boccia Team to international podiums.  There are only 8 days left to either throw your hat in the ring (boccia court!) by signing up a team of up to 6, or donating online to support the Boccia Throwdown! or individual teams.

You can team-up with the Canadian Boccia Team three ways:

1. Share this blog post with your social media networks.
2. Form a team of up to 6 players and party with us on August 29 from 5-7pm at 1 Athletes Way Vancouver.  Register here.
3. Donate to one of the teams below and help them chase top fundraiser glory, or to the event itself.  Keep scrolling for details.

Apparently boccia team names allow for some serious creativity.  We on the national team thought we had all of the boccia ball puns locked down and figured out!  Think again.  If you like one of these team names, or the people and businesses powering them, click and donate online – “Chimp them” – and get an online tax receipt automatically.

Each team has to raise $500 to compete.  Eternal glory is up for grabs to the winner of the indoor boccia tournament, and the top fundraiser.  Here are the competitors in order of entry.

Mission Imbocceball

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

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Foxy Boccia Dolls and Balls

HootSuite

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Total Debocciery

Anthony-Seaman Ltd. – Sawmill Consulting Engineers

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FunBoys

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Todd and the Hot Toddies

Moksha Yoga East Vancouver

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Love is a Boccia Field

Access Driver Rehab Specialists

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Wham Bam Thank You Ham

Benevoland

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Drunken Deboccery

Benevoland: Peer Giving, Charity Express, and Benefic

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Can’t decide which team gets your donation?

Click this photo of members of the Canadian Boccia Team on the podium at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico – one of our best tournaments ever – to donate to the event itself. We want even more amazing medal moments like these.

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2013 Boccia Americas Cup in Photos and Tweets

For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter yet, here is a recap of the last two weeks I spent with the Canadian Boccia Team in Kansas at the 2013 Americas Cup. It was especially cool to feel the support of my friends, family and members of the Canadian elite sport community!

 

 

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Vancouver Boccia Throwdown! 2013

Being a Canadian elite athlete is expensive.  This summer I am raising funds in Vancouver for the Canadian boccia team, as it heads down the grueling road to Rio 2016.  The goal is to have a lot of fun along the way.

The poster sums it up nicely. Play indoor boccia.  Wrestle your boss. Win a ham. Have a blast. Support a great cause.

Boccia is one of the most inclusive sports that exist – any ability level can play – and it is fantastic team building and recreation.  On August 29, 2013 at 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver we are inviting teams to come and have a fun evening while supporting our national team.  There will be drinks, boccia, sumo suits, a meat raffle and so on, at the community centre gym in the Olympic Village.

A $500 donation is the minimum per team.   To register go to http://bit.ly/b-throwdown – spots are limited.

Can’t make the event?  Support our Canadian boccia team by donating whatever you can here: http://chim.pn/11LOOcs

Next time you see one of us on a podium, know that you helped put us there.

 

Thrilled to have the support of the Investors Group

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I express my excitement to be among this year’s Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund Bursary recipients in the press release below.  Thank you to my family, teammates, and community for supporting me.  Congratulations to AthletesCAN for consistently delivering a program with such a massive impact on Canada’s sport system.

 

UBC law student Josh Vander Vies awarded 2013 Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund Bursary

OTTAWA, June 27, 2013 – AthletesCAN and Investors Group are pleased to announce that Boccia national team member Josh Vander Vies has been awarded a $5,000 Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund bursary.

In keeping with their commitment to amateur sport in Canada, Investors Group established a bursary fund for Canada’s top high performance athletes. A national leader in delivering personalized financial solutions to Canadians, Investors Group annually awards twenty $5,000 bursaries to assist Canada’s elite amateur athletes with the costs of training and competition. Selection criteria includes: athletic achievement, financial need and community involvement. Since its inception in 2000, the Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund has provided more than $1,300,000 to Canadian athletes. AthletesCAN administers the bursary on behalf of Investors Group.

“Investors Group considers it an honour to help support our nation’s elite athletes with these bursaries,” says Richard Irish, Vice-President, Community Affairs and Marketing Support for Investors Group. “Athletes at this level are constantly juggling the demands of work and school with training and competition. For 13 years now, we have been pleased to provide Canada’s athletes with bursaries totaling over $1 million to make those demands easier to manage.”

“This bursary recognizes the dedication and excellence Josh exhibits on the field of play and as a leader within his community,” says AthletesCAN Executive Director Jasmine Northcott. “AthletesCAN values Investors Group’s ongoing support of Canada’s national team athletes, and are excited to see this bursary assist Josh in achieving his dreams.”

Josh’s recent sport accomplishments include a bronze medal at the 2012 London Paralympic Games in mixed pairs and a bronze at the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games in the mixed individual event.

“For years I have admired Investor’s Group’s commitment to Canadian sport and have looked up to the athletes who have won this prestigious award,” says Josh. “Mixing community impact with athletic accomplishment has been a highlight of my career; I am humbled to be recognized for it. The Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund will give me the ability to focus more on my training and studies and less on balancing my budget,” he adds. “This is a huge advantage for me on the court as I tighten my game and seek out competition and training opportunities that would not otherwise be financially viable.”

 

 

2013 Team Investors Group Amateur Athletes Fund Bursary Recipients:

Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, ON) – Hockey
Breanne Dodd (Surrey, BC) – Water Ski
Alexandra Duckworth (Kingsburg, NS) – Halfpipe Snowboarding
Meagan Duhamel (Lively, ON) – Figure Skating
David Eng (Montreal, QC) – Wheelchair Basketball
Christine Girard (White Rock, BC) – Weightlifting
Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB) – Kayak Slalom
Constantine Kudaba (Port Coquitlam, BC) – Water Polo
Karina LeBlanc (Maple Ridge, BC) – Soccer
Jessica Mair (Edmonton, AB) – Curling
Lucas Makowsky (Regina, SK) – Speed Skating
Jenna Martin (Bridgewater, NS) – Athletics
Paul Poirier (Unionville, ON) – Figure Skating
Anjelika Reznik (Vaughan, ON) – Rhythmic Gymnastics
Brittany Schussler (Winnipeg, MB) – Speed Skating
Cody Sorensen (Ottawa, ON) – Bobsleigh
Karine Thomas (Gatineau, QC) – Synchronized Swimming
Donna Vakalis (Toronto, ON) – Modern Pentathlon
Josh Vander Vies (Sarnia, ON) – Boccia
Dory Yeats (Montreal, QC) – Wrestling

For more information, please contact: Ashley LaBrie

Director, Athlete Relations & Strategic Partnerships AthletesCAN (613) 526-4025 x224 alabrie@athletescan.com www.athletescan.com

Investors Group, founded in 1926, is a national leader in delivering personalized financial solutions to Canadians through a network of over 4,600 Consultants located throughout Canada. In addition to an exclusive family of mutual funds and other investment vehicles, Investors Group offers a wide range of insurance, securities, mortgage and other financial services.

As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture.

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