The Vancouver Men's Epee Grand Prix Gets Hosting Support

The Canadian Fencing Federation receives funding from the Government of Canada to host the 2014 Vancouver Men's Epee Grand Prix in Richmond, British Columbia

RICHMOND, BC, March 22, 2014 /CNW/ - On behalf of Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal, Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), today announced the Government of Canada will provide the Canadian Fencing Federation with $50,000 through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. Funds will support the organization's hosting of the 2014 Vancouver Men's Epee Grand Prix, which will be held in Richmond on March 22 and 23, 2014.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada contributed $422,500 to the Canadian Fencing Federation in 2013-2014 through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program.
  • In 2013-2014, almost $225,000 was provided through the Athlete Assistance Program to support 22 fencing athletes with living, training, tuition and special needs expenses.
  • The Canadian Fencing Federation is a non-profit, amateur sports association and the national governing body of fencing. It includes ten provincial fencing associations, which in turn represent over two hundred local clubs from coast to coast. Its mandate is to establish, develop and support fencing in Canada and to represent Canada on the international scene.

Quotes

"We are pleased to support the Canadian Fencing Federation's hosting of the 2014 Vancouver Men's Epee Grand Prix, which provides world-class competition for our elite athletes, in addition to promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to the local community."
- Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)

"Our Government is committed to ensuring Canadian athletes are provided with the support needed to reach the podium at every opportunity. I am thrilled to see this event taking place in Richmond, and I wish great success to all athletes at the Grand Prix."
- Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)

"The Canadian Fencing Federation and the Vancouver Grand Prix Organizing Committee are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of the Government of Canada. Hosting fencing events such as one of only three yearly Men's Epee Grands Prix in the world is a huge honour and places Canada at the front of the world stage. These challenging World Class events show their foresight in recognizing the tremendous advantages that hosting international events brings to our country, far beyond the valuable sport tourism dollars. "
- Brad Goldie, President, Canadian Fencing Federation

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For further information:

Robert Lynch
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Minister of State (Sport)
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robert.lynch@sports.gc.ca

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