Harper Government Supports 2012 Canada Post Freestyle Grand Prix in Calgary

CALGARY, Jan. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association in support of the 2012 Canada Post Freestyle Grand Prix in Calgary. The Canada Post Freestyle Grand Prix is an annual competition that attracts 170 athletes from 20 countries.

"As the single largest contributor to Canada's sport system, our Government is pleased to provide funding through Sport Canada's Hosting Program for the 2012 Canada Post Freestyle Grand Prix in Calgary," said Minister of State Gosal. "We are proud to support our Canadian athletes and wish them great success as they compete against international athletes on home soil."

Hosting international sport events such as the 2012 Canada Post Freestyle Grand Prix gives Canada the opportunity to showcase our country to athletes and spectators from all over the world and brings significant economic benefits to Canadians and their communities.

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada and supports participation and excellence from the playground to the podium. A contribution of $150,000 was provided to the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. Sport Canada's Sport Support Program is providing $2.496 million to the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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Jenny Van Alstyne
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Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)
819-934-1122
jenny.vanalstyne@pch.gc.ca
      Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
media@pch.gc.ca

 


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