ROBERVAL, QC, July 9, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable
Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), the Hon. Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic
Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced
the Government of Canada's contribution to Swimming Canada Natation to
host the 2012 FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup. The event is being
held on July 26, 2012, in Roberval, Quebec.
"The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada's Hosting Program, is
proud to provide support to Swimming Canada Natation for the 2012 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup," 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 this World Cup 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 Lebel. "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're very thankful for the Government of Canada's ongoing support to
the 10km FINA Marathon event in Roberval, Quebec," said Pierre
Lafontaine, Chief Executive Officer and National Coach for Swimming
Canada Natation. "Roberval is world-renowned for hosting such an
esteemed event during the past 56 years. The event has had a
significant economic impact on the region and continues to attract the
best in the world year after year."
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 global leaders in high-performance swimming and
development for both able-bodied swimmers and swimmers with
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 2011-2012, Swimming Canada Natation received more than $5.3 million
from Sport Canada's Sport Support Program, and almost $1.4 million was provided through the Athlete Assistance Program to support 123 swimmers with living and training expenses.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
For further 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.)