STONEHAM, QC, Jan. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney,
Minister of Veterans Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal,
Minister of State (Sport), today announced the Government of Canada's
contribution to Canada Snowboard in support of the 2013 FIS Snowboard
World Championships. The event is taking place until January 27 in
"Our Government is pleased to provide support to Canada Snowboard for
the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Championships, one of many World
Championship events to be hosted in Canada this year," said Minister of
State Gosal. "Hosting major sport events showcases our communities to
the world and brings an economic boost to our local businesses. I
congratulate the organizers and volunteers and wish all our athletes
the best of success in their pursuit of excellence."
"I welcome the athletes, coaches and spectators to this scenic region of
Quebec" said Minister Blaney. "Our Government is pleased to provide
ongoing opportunities for our athletes to compete with the world's best
here on home turf. Our athletes are an enormous source of pride and
inspiration to all Canadians."
The FIS Snowboard World Championships are held every 2 years and attract
up to 300 athletes from over 25 countries. This year, 24 Canadians are
expected to participate.
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 $1,144,875 was provided to Canada Snowboard
through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. The Government of Canada also approved approximately $3 million to
Canada Snowboard in 2012-2013 through the Sport Support Program. Sport Canada's Athlete Assistance Program also provided $545,000 to help 44 Canadian men and women snowboarders
with their living and training expenses in 2011-2012.
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.)