WINNIPEG, July 20, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal,
Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public
Safety, today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to
Swimming Canada Natation to host the CAN AM Para-Swimming
Championships. The event is being held from July 20 to 22, 2012, in
"The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada's Hosting Program, is
proud to provide support to Swimming Canada Natation for the CAN AM Para-Swimming Championships," said Minister of State Gosal. "I
convey my best wishes to our athletes in their pursuit of excellence
here at home in Canada."
"Hosting international sport events like these championships offers an
opportunity for our athletes to compete against some of the best in the
world while bringing about a welcome boost to the local economy," said
Minister Toews. "Our athletes serve as outstanding role models,
particularly for our young people, and their accomplishments are an
inspiration to Canadians of all ages and abilities. Good luck to all
"We would like to thank the Government of Canada for their continued
investment in Paralympic sport," said Pierre Lafontaine, Chief
Executive Officer and National Coach for Swimming Canada Natation.
"Investing in the CAN AM Para-Swimming Championships allows us to grow
the sport and future Paralympians."
Swimming Canada Natation serves as the national governing body of
competitive swimming. Swimming Canada Natation's vision of "Swimming to
Win; Winning for Life!" reflects the lifelong attributes of the sport.
The federation comprises 75,000 members and 400 swim clubs across the
country. Canadians are leaders in high-performance swimming and
development for swimmers with disabilities.
The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in
Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to
podium. Funding of $50,000 has been provided for this event through
Sport Canada's Hosting Program. In 2011-12, Swimming Canada Natation received more than $5.3 million
from Sport Canada's Sport Support Program.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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For more information (media only), please contact:
Jenny Van Alstyne
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)