Harper Government Supports the Challenge Bell

QUÉBEC CITY, July 31, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, Minister of State (Agriculture) and Member of Parliament (Mégantic-L'Érable), today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to Tennis Canada in support of the Challenge Bell.

"Our Government takes great pride in once again supporting the Challenge Bell," said Minister of State Gosal. "We are pleased to continue to support high-performance women's sport in Canada by contributing to this prestigious tournament."

"Québec City and its volunteers have a rich history of hosting world-class events such as this," said Minister Paradis. "The Challenge Bell not only benefits Canadian and international tennis players, but also has a positive impact on the local economy and community."

The Challenge Bell features some of the best singles players in the world, as well as 16 doubles teams. It will be held from September 8 to 16, 2012, at Université Laval in Québec City. The tournament is expected to attract about 30,000 spectators.

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to podium. A contribution of $50,000 was provided to Tennis Canada through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. Sport Canada's Sport Support Program is providing close to $1 million to Tennis Canada during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

SOURCE: Canadian Heritage

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Jenny Van Alstyne
Director of Communications
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
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media@pch.gc.ca

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



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