Harper Government Supports the 2012 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup

ROBERVAL, QC, July 9, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), the Hon. Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to Swimming Canada Natation to host the 2012 FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup. The event is being held on July 26, 2012, in Roberval, Quebec.

"The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada's Hosting Program, is proud to provide support to Swimming Canada Natation for the 2012 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup," said Minister of State Gosal. "I convey my best wishes to our athletes in their pursuit of excellence here at home in Canada."

"Hosting international sport events like this World Cup offers an opportunity for our athletes to compete against some of the best in the world, while bringing about a welcome boost to the local economy," said Minister Lebel. "Our athletes serve as outstanding role models, particularly for our young people, and their accomplishments are an inspiration to Canadians of all ages and abilities. Good luck to all the athletes."

"We're very thankful for the Government of Canada's ongoing support to the 10km FINA Marathon event in Roberval, Quebec," said Pierre Lafontaine, Chief Executive Officer and National Coach for Swimming Canada Natation. "Roberval is world-renowned for hosting such an esteemed event during the past 56 years. The event has had a significant economic impact on the region and continues to attract the best in the world year after year."

Swimming Canada Natation serves as the national governing body of competitive swimming. Swimming Canada Natation's vision of Swimming to Win; Winning for Life! reflects the lifelong attributes of the sport. The federation comprises 75,000 members and 400 swim clubs across the country. Canadians are global leaders in high-performance swimming and development for both able-bodied swimmers and swimmers with disabilities.

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, Swimming Canada Natation received more than $5.3 million from Sport Canada's Sport Support Program, and almost $1.4 million was provided through the Athlete Assistance Program to support 123 swimmers 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)

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

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


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