Minister of State Gosal congratulates Special Olympics Canada on
BRAMPTON, ON, Feb. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal
today held a press conference at the Cassie Campbell Community Centre
to highlight Government of Canada funding for Special Olympics Canada.
The press conference followed a basketball demonstration featuring
Special Olympics athletes in which Minister of State Gosal
On February 5, the Government of Canada announced that it would provide
Special Olympics Canada with an ongoing additional $1 million in annual
funding. This brings the organization's annual funding from Sport
Canada to more than $2.8 million.
Budget 2014 proposes funding of $10.8 million over four years to support
the efforts of Special Olympics Canada to increase the number of
Canadian athletes with intellectual disabilities participating in sport
through enhanced sport programs and competition opportunities.
Special Olympics Canada enriches the lives of Canadians with
intellectual disabilities through sport by providing coaching,
training, and competition opportunities for athletes of all ages and
More than 3,000 year-round Special Olympics programs benefit almost
37,000 athletes across Canada.
Special Olympics Canada is supported by more than 17,000 volunteers,
including 13,000 trained coaches.
The 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games will be held July 8 to 12
in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is the first time in more than 20
years that the Games will be held in British Columbia.
The 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games will feature 11 sports,
making them the largest Canadian Games ever.
"I was pleased to recently announce additional ongoing funding for
Special Olympics Canada to help see that our Special Olympics athletes
get the support they need to excel in their sport and achieve their
dreams. I am very proud of proposed new funding in Budget 2014 to
support Special Olympic Canada's continued efforts on behalf of Special
Olympics athletes across the country."
—Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)
"Special Olympics Canada is very pleased to be included in the 2014
federal budget. The proposed support of $10.8 million over 4 years,
supplementing our current annual funding of $2.8 million, will allow
Special Olympics Canada and the twelve provincial and territorial
Chapters to extend our sport programs and competitions to even more
Canadians with an intellectual disability. We are extremely grateful to
the Government of Canada and thank them for their ongoing support and
commitment to Special Olympics in Canada."
—Sharon Bollenbach, Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics Canada.
"We thank the federal government for its proposed support of Special
Olympics programs in the 2014 federal budget. This funding will allow
us to provide even more opportunities for Bramptonians with an
intellectual disability to become active in sport."
—Neil Myers, Coach, Special Olympics Brampton Panthers basketball team
Special Olympics Canada
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)