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Help! My rugby wheelchair is too small!

$11,415 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 4 months
Created April 3, 2019
When I first saw team Canada play in the Pan American Games in 2015 in Toronto with my family, I was truly inspired. I started living with my dad in Tokyo when I was just fourteen years old in the Spring of 2016, and in that summer, we purchased our first wheelchair rugby chair.

I started to compete as part of a team in Chiba, Japan and founded the first wheelchair rugby team based in Tokyo called the Tokyo Arrows . In September of 2018 we practiced with the Toronto team and in October 2018 were very lucky to be invited to Misawa, Japan to train with Team Canada members.

In addition to participating in the Japan Nationals, and various offsite seminars held for developing players in Japan, my Canadian team(s) placed fourth in the 2019 Durham Para sport Games, and first in the Vancouver Invitationals in March 2019.

Recently I passed a rigorous tryout session and became part of Team Canada's developmental team!

Bottom line: I've grown (a lot!) in the past two years and now my current chair is too small for me - often the sides of my jersey rub the  the tires and in sharp turns, I can burn the skin on the side of my stomach. 

The funds I raise through this campaign will go to towards the purchase of a new Melrose offensive chair as shown here

My deadline for funding is June 30 2019.

Thank you for your support!!
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July 1 2019, Canada Day
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dear Donors:

I want to take this opportunity to thank all our generous donors for their contribution to Rio's new rugby wheelchair. Our campaign is now closed.

Thanks to all of you, we exceeded our fundraising goal of $10,000 and ended up close to $12,000 with last minute donations coming in this past week. We will keep you all apprised of how any surplus funds will be spent in the future.

A shout out to the Team Canada members travelling and training in Misawa Japan this week and good luck in your exhibition games with Team Japan.

Happy Canada Day!

Your sincerely,

Rio Kanda Kovac

Nicholas Kovac
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I made some simple diagrams about the parts of a rugby wheelchair. We discussed many of these with the manufacturer's representative in preparation for our order. The campaign is going very well. Thank you for your support!
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Great results from Canadian Nationals over the weekend. My team took Gold against Quebec and I was also awarded MVP in Div II, and Rookie of the Year. It was a great event! Look forwarded to training camp later his month in London, ON.
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Day 3 of Canadian Nationals starts today. My team will compete against Quebec for the division 2 finals and dad’s team will battling for bronze against New Brunswick.
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$11,415 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 4 months
Created April 3, 2019
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