CALGARY, Dec. 8, 2012 /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 2012 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in
"The Government of Canada is committed to promoting barrier-free
high-performance sport and athletic excellence at every opportunity,
and we are pleased to provide financial support to this event through
Sport Canada's Hosting Program," said Minister of State Gosal. "Our
athletes are an enormous source of pride and serve as role models for
"By investing in sport, we provide not only a welcome boost to the local
economy, but also opportunities for our athletes to compete against
elite international teams," said Mr. Anders. "This adaptable facility,
for which the Government of Canada is pleased to have provided
financial support, is a testament to the commitment that Canada has
made to provide opportunities to all athletes."
Canada's National Sledge Hockey Team is the reigning gold medallist of
this annual tournament and will defend their title against teams from
Japan, Norway, and the United States.
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 Hockey Canada for
this event through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. The Government of Canada has also committed approximately $3.4 million
to Hockey Canada for 2012-2013 through the Sport Support Program. Sport Canada's Athlete Assistance Program provided almost $322,000 in 2011-2012 to assist 24 Canadian sledge
hockey athletes with living and training expenses.
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)
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)