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Invacare Canada partners with Canadian Paralympic Committee to make sports more accessible for Canadians with a disability

November 2, 2012

New Official Supplier of the CPC will supply sports wheelchairs to the
Para-Equipment Fund

SCARBOROUGH, ON, Nov. 2, 2012 /CNW/ – In a bid to make sports more
accessible for Canadians with a disability, the Canadian Paralympic
Committee (CPC) is pleased to announce a new, four-year corporate
partnership with Invacare Canada, a leading manufacturer of wheelchairs
for both everyday use and competitive sports.

As an official supplier to the CPC, Invacare will supply equipment to
CPC’s Para-Equipment Fund, which awards grants and equipment to local,
provincial and national sports organizations. Invacare will supply
wheelchairs for such sports as wheelchair tennis, wheelchair
basketball, and athletics; as well as hand cycles.

“It can be prohibitively expensive for kids with a disability to get
involved in sport, and that’s something we are committed to changing,”
said Henry Storgaard, CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. “This
partnership will help nurture the hopes and dreams of more kids with
disabilities, allowing them to participate and be active through
Invacare’s product lines – and maybe even one day compete for Canada at
the Paralympic Games!”

Did you know?

        --  A pair of quality running shoes cost $150, but a wheelchair to
            race in is worth $3,000;
        --  Getting outfitted to ski for an able-bodied kid costs $800, but
            a sit-ski price tag is $3,200;
        --  A pair of hockey skates cost $150, while a sledge for sledge
            hockey is valued at $600.

“We at Invacare Canada are thrilled to be working with the CPC,” said
Vince Morelli, General Manager, Invacare Canada. “This relationship
will allow us to work towards our goal of making life’s experiences
possible – whether providing opportunities for young people with
disabilities to enjoy a healthy lifestyle or supporting the
achievements of our outstanding group of elite Canadian Paralympic
athletes competing at multi-sport Games.”

Josh Vander Vies, a Paralympic bronze medallist in boccia, was on hand
for the announcement at Variety Village in Scarborough, Ont. and
applauded the news of the partnership.

“For 10 years, I’ve had an Invacare chair,” said Vander Vies, originally
from Sarnia, Ont., now living in Vancouver. “Invacare are leaders in
Canada in terms of performance equipment. This performance factor gives
me the confidence that I need on the boccia court to make the high
stakes shots.”

About Invacare

Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC), headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, is the
global leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative home
care and long-term care medical products that promote recovery and
active lifestyles. The Company has 6,100 associates and markets its
products in 80 countries around the world. For more information about
the Company and its products, visit Invacare’s website at www.invacare.com.

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization
with 46 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the
Paralympic movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee’s vision is to
be the world’s leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the
development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to
enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By
supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success,
the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a
disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its
member organizations.

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Source: PR Newswire