MONCTON, NB, May 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister
of Fisheries and Oceans, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, and Member
of Parliament (Fredericton), on behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal,
Minister of State (Sport), today congratulated the city of Moncton on
being named one of the host cities of the upcoming 2015 FIFA Women's
"It is with great excitement that we learn today that the city of
Moncton will host the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup™." said Minister Ashfield. "This is a great moment in sport history for
the Moncton community, and we look forward to welcoming such
world-class competition to our city. Our Government is pleased to be a
key supporter in the hosting of this prestigious event, and can't wait
to cheer on our Women's National Team as they face off in the highest
level of soccer competition right here in New Brunswick."
"We are extremely grateful to FIFA for providing us with the opportunity
to host this most important competition," said Canadian Soccer
Association President, Dr. Dominique Maestracci. "The sport of soccer
continues to gain momentum both as a participatory and spectator
experience in our country with nearly half of all participants female.
We thank the Government of Canada and our provincial and municipal
government partners for their outstanding support to ensure we will
continue that growth through 2015 and beyond."
Of the close to 400,000 women and girls registered in soccer in 2008,
over 6,000 were playing in the province of New Brunswick. This is great
news for the province and for the sport of soccer as it continues to
grow across the country.
The Government of Canada is extremely proud to be an active supporter of
this prestigious international event that will once again allow our
great nation to shine on the world scene. We look forward to
celebrating with FIFA, the Canadian Soccer Association and with
Canadian fans from coast to coast as we welcome the world to the
province of New Brunswick.
The Government of Canada contribution of up to $15M from Sport Canada's Hosting Program will enable the Canadian Soccer Association to stage this historic
event, which will also bring welcome economic benefits to the region by
creating jobs and opportunities for Canadian businesses and
entrepreneurs before, during and after the event.
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 Media Room.)