EDMONTON, July 8, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal,
Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of
Parliament (Edmonton Centre), today announced the Government of
Canada's contribution to Triathlon Canada in support of the Edmonton
"Our Government is once again pleased to support this annual event that
not only provides world-class competition for our elite athletes, but
also promotes the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to the local
community," said Minister of State Gosal. "We are committed to
supporting Canada's high performance athletes and to contributing to
the health and well-being of our communities."
"I am delighted to be here at this multi-level competition for
participants of all skill levels," said Mr. Hawn. "Our community
welcomes the economic boost, and the Festival's organizers and
volunteers are proud to showcase our city to the world."
"Hosting major international events at home is critical to the growth of
our sport across the country," said Alan Trivett, Executive Director,
Triathlon Canada. "The Government of Canada has been the most critical
player in driving podium performances, while also giving Canadian
athletes the opportunity to compete in front of their families and
friends. We applaud the Government for their support in helping us once
again showcase our sport on a spectacular venue in Edmonton just weeks
before Canada's triathletes head to London in hopes of contributing to
the Canadian Olympic Team's goal of finishing in the top 12 of the
overall medal count."
The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in
Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to
podium. The Government of Canada has provided $50,000 from Sport
Canada's Hosting Program for the Edmonton Triathlon Festival. Sport Canada's Sport Support Program provided more than $1.2 million to Triathlon Canada during the
2011-2012 fiscal year.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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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.)