The Government of Canada Supports the 2012 Canada Cup of International Wrestling

GUELPH, ON, June 29, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association. This funding is to support the 2012 Canada Cup of International Wrestling, which is being held in Guelph on June 30 and July 1, 2012.

"The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada's Hosting Program, is pleased to contribute to this important wrestling tournament," said Minister of State Gosal. "I know our Canadian athletes will be competing at their peak in preparation to represent us at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games."

"Sports and sportsmanship are an integral part of our culture, and we are proud of our wrestling athletes and all they have accomplished," said Minister Finley.  "The hosting of international sport events like this one not only benefits Canadian athletes, but also has a positive impact on the local economy and the community."

The Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association (Wrestling Canada Lutte) is the national sport governing body for Olympic-style wrestling in Canada. The association's role is to encourage and develop the widest participation and highest proficiency in Olympic wrestling in Canada.

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to podium. Funding of $45,000 has been provided for this event through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. In 2011-2012, the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association received more than $1.8M from the Sport Support Program, and over $600K was provided through the Athlete Assistance Program to support 42 men and women wrestling athletes.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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For more 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)
819-934-1122
jenny.vanalstyne@pch.gc.ca

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
media@pch.gc.ca

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)


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