Harper Government Supports the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge

CALGARY, Nov. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), Rob Anders, Member of Parliament (Calgary West), today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to Hockey Canada in support of the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge. The event is being held from November 27 to December 3 in Calgary, Alberta.

"We are pleased to support Hockey Canada as they prepare to compete against the world's top sledge hockey teams in Calgary," said Minister of State Gosal. "I am continually amazed at the level of skill and conditioning that is required of these athletes to remain among the top performers in the world. Congratulations to all participants as you continue to strive for excellence."

"Hosting international sport events like the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge will bring an increase in economic activity to our city and allow us to once again showcase our hospitality to the athletes and coaches that have joined us from around the world," said Mr. Anders.

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 $50,000 was provided to Hockey Canada for the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. The Government of Canada also committed $618,000 in 2011-2012 to Hockey Canada for sledge hockey through the Sport Support Program.


SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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For more 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)
819-934-1122
jenny.van.alstyne@pch.gc.ca
      Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
media@pch.gc.ca

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

 


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