Canadian Paralympic Committee applauds Standing Committee for its support of the Road to Excellence program



    OTTAWA, Feb. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Paralympic Committee commends
the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance for recommending in its
report this month that the federal government support a summer Olympic and
Paralympic sports excellence program.
    Recommendation 14 of the report, Taxing to Prosper: Canada's System of
Taxes, Fees and other Charges, encourages the federal government to spend
$30 million annually over the next five years on the Road to Excellence
Program. The Road to Excellence is a program aimed at helping Canada's Olympic
and Paralympic summer athletes achieve international success.
    Specifically, the Road to Excellence targets a top five place for Canada
at the 2012 Paralympic Games and a top 12 finish at the 2012 Olympic Games.
    "We hope this recommendation is an indication that the government in the
next federal budget will set aside money for this program, which is
drastically needed to ensure our amateur athletes can reach their potential at
the Paralympic and Olympic Games," said CPC President Carla Qualtrough. "With
the growth worldwide of the Paralympic Movement and competition intensifying,
this program will help our Paralympic athletes train more and better and
contribute to our sporting success."
    Road to Excellence executive director Alex Baumann, a double Olympic gold
medallist, in a presentation in December urged the Standing Committee on
Finance to recommend $30 million a year for the program - an amount that is
equivalent to about $1 per Canadian.
    The Canadian Paralympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Committee, sport
representatives and athletes will be meeting with Parliamentarians on
February 14 to provide details about the Road to Excellence program.

    About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

    The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is a non-profit, charitable,
private organization that is recognized by the International Paralympic
Committee (IPC). The CPC delivers programs that strengthen the Paralympic
Movement in Canada, including sending Canadian teams to the Paralympic Games.
The CPC empowers persons with physical disabilities, through sport, at all
levels. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Norma Reveler, media relations, Canadian
Paralympic Committee, (613) 569-4333, ext. 227, norma@paralympic.ca


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