SAINT-CÔME, QC, Jan. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Christian Paradis,
Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), on behalf of
the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today announced
the Government of Canada's contribution to the Canadian Freestyle Ski
Association (CFSA) in support of the 2013 International Ski Federation
(FIS) Freestyle Ski World Cup in Val Saint-Côme. The event is being
held on January 12, 2013.
"Our Government is proud to continue supporting our athletes and coaches
and to provide them with opportunities to compete right here at home,"
said Minister of State Gosal. "Our athletes are an enormous source of
pride and have proven to be exceptional role models. Their dedication
to the sport of freestyle skiing is an inspiration to all Canadians."
"Hosting international sport events brings a welcome boost to the local
economy and showcases this beautiful region to the world," said
Minister Paradis." I congratulate the organizers and volunteers, and
wish our freestyle skiers continued success on the road to the 2014
Sochi Winter Olympic Games."
The CFSA is the governing body for the sport of freestyle skiing in
Canada. Its mission is to develop—in a safe, fun, and ethical
manner—Olympic and world champions in all disciplines of the sport of
freestyle skiing. The 2013 FIS World Cup at Val Saint-Côme will attract
55 athletes from 11 countries, including 7 Canadian carded athletes.
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 $115,000 for this event was provided to the
CFSA through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. The Government of Canada has also committed more than $3.6 million to
the CFSA for 2012-2013 through the Sport Support Program. In 2011-2012, approximately $672,000 was provided through the Athlete Assistance Program to support 61 freestyle ski athletes with living and training expenses.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
For more information (media only), please contact:
Dustin van Vugt
Chief of Staff
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.)