GATINEAU, QC, May 18, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal
Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Christian Paradis,
Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), today
announced the Government of Canada's contribution to the Canadian
Cycling Association (CCA) in support of the Grand Prix Cycliste
Gatineau. The event is being held in Gatineau from May 18 to 21, 2012.
"Our Government is proud to provide support to the Canadian Cycling
Association for the Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau," said Minister of
State Gosal. "This event offers an opportunity for our athletes to
compete against some of the best cyclists in the world, while providing
a welcome economic boost to the local community."
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I welcome all cyclists and
visitors from Canada and around the world to Gatineau," said Minister
Paradis. "I extend my best wishes to the athletes in their pursuit of
excellence here at home in Canada".
"The Canadian Cycling Association is very appreciative of the support
from the Government of Canada's Hosting Program for this prestigious
international race," said Greg Mathieu, Chief Executive Officer /
Secretary General of the CCA. "We look forward to an outstanding
weekend of racing on one of the best circuits in Canada."
The CCA is the national governing body for the sport of cycling in
Canada. It is committed to developing and delivering programs for men
and women—including athletes with disabilities—in the disciplines of
BMX, cyclo-cross, mountain bike, road, track, and para-cycling. The CCA
is an affiliated member of the Union Cycliste Internationale, the
organization that oversees the sport internationally.
The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in
Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to
podium. Funding of $50,000 has been provided for this event through
Sport Canada's Hosting Program. In 2011-2012, the CCA received close to $3.4 million from the Sport Support Program, as well as and almost $1 million from the Athlete Assistance Program to help 82 athletes with living and training expenses.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
For further 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)
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)