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Kabush Para Athlete Fund

To Interested Candidates,Are you currently participating as an athlete in para sport? Do you have Cerebral Palsy? Would you be considered an up-and-coming athlete?If these questions resonate, then there is an opportunity for you to apply for the Kabush Para Athlete Fund!PurposeThis national sport bursary is intended to provide support to up-and-coming Canadian athletes or teams in para sport to offset costs related to registration fees, facility rentals, training, equipment, coaching, competition, and travel.The bursary was established in 2022 by the Kabush family in-part to help support the work of the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (CCPSA). The fund’s capital is held with a private investment firm and annual earnings are used by the CCPSA to support three financial awards annually, each with a value of $1,000.About Alison KabushAlison Kabush began her involvement in the sport of boccia in 1989 through the Variety Child Development Center in Vancouver. She went on from there to be selected to the British Columbia Provincial Boccia Team, followed by the Canadian National Boccia Team. Along with her BC3 teammates Monica Martino and Paul Gauthier, for decades these three athletes from British Columbia transformed boccia in Canada.From the mid 1990’s to the early 2010’s, they spent thousands of hours together on the boccia courts of Vancouver, New Westminster, and Surrey, building their shared love of competition and honing their skills. The depth of their Pairs results was so great that what was often lost in their consistency and longevity was their beautifully executed shots, time and time again. Their accomplishment include:

  • Gold at World Championships in New York, 1998
  • Bronze at Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia, 2000
  • Gold at World Masters Games in Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, 2004
  • Bronze at Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, 2004
  • Gold at America’s Cup in Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2005
  • Gold at Americas’ Cup in Montreal, 2009

At the age of five, Alison and her parents went to a full educational review and fought for her right to attend a regular school in Surrey, British Columbia. Alison later became the first person in Surrey with a disability of her magnitude to graduate from a regular high school on time…and did so with honours, no less.The application deadline date is July 1, 2022 at 17:00 EST. Applications received after that time will not be accepted.Please click here to download Kabush Para Athlete Fund application form.