OTTAWA, July 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of
State (Sport), today announced Harper Government's contribution to
Athletics Canada. The announcement was made during a visit to the 4×100
Olympic Relay Camp at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility in Ottawa.
"It is my great pleasure to announce that the Harper Government will
provide over $4.7 million from the Sport Support Program to Athletics
Canada for the 2012-2013 fiscal year," said Minister of State Gosal.
"Our Government is committed to supporting Canadian athletes. Today's
contribution will not only assist in sending our athletes to London for
the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games, but will also go toward
training and preparations for future competition."
"Athletics Canada is grateful for the Government of Canada's continued
support," said Rob Guy, Athletics Canada Chief Executive Officer. "The
contribution allows the organization to continue developing the sport
of athletics from playground to podium. The funding also supports the
development of Athletics Canada national team programs, allowing us to
compete with the best in the world."
"One of our goals is to help ensure that our athletes have the optimum
conditions in which to succeed," said Caroline Assalian, Chief Sport
Officer, Canadian Olympic Committee. "Our athletes train tirelessly—day
in and day out, year in and year out. The Canadian Olympic Committee
welcomes the Harper Government's additional funding for Athletics
Canada. The funds announced today are part of ensuring that Canada's
outstanding athletes are ready to compete at their best."
"This additional funding will help ensure that the strong tradition of
Canadian Paralympic excellence in Athletics continues in London and
beyond," said Henry Storgaard, the Canadian Paralympic Committee's
Chief Executive Officer. "On behalf of the Canadian Paralympic Team,
we'd like to thank the Harper Government for this investment in
Athletics Canada, supporting our outstanding track and field athletes
with a disability. Through both high performance sport and grassroots
involvement, Canada is on the path to becoming a world leading
Athletics Canada is the governing body and franchise holder for track
and field in Canada and is a member of the International Association of
Sport Canada's Sport Support Program provides Canadian sport organizations with funding that strengthens our
national sport system and benefits our athletes and coaches. It helps
increase the capacity of the Canadian sport system to achieve
world-class results at the highest international competitions.
The Harper Government is the single largest contributor to sport in
Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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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.)