CANMORE, AB, Feb. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf the Honourable Bal Gosal,
Minister of State (Sport), Blake Richards, Member of Parliament (Wild
Rose), today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to the
2012 International Biathlon Union (IBU) Cup 6 and Cup 7 Biathlon races
being held at the Canmore Nordic Centre from February 11 to 16.
"Our Government is pleased to provide support to Biathlon Canada for the
2012 IBU Cup 6 and 7 events," said Minister of State Gosal. "This
exciting competition allows Canada's best biathletes to demonstrate
their ongoing determination and dedication to their sport by competing
against other world-class athletes on home soil,"
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I welcome athletes from Canada
and around the world to Canmore, Alberta," said Mr. Richards. "The
Canmore Nordic Centre, a legacy of the 1988 Winter Olympics, remains a
world-class facility where athletes, visitors, and residents benefit
from extraordinary outdoor activities in a beautiful setting."
"Biathlon Canada is extremely grateful for the financial support of the
Government of Canada towards this international biathlon event," said
Joanne Thomson, Executive Director, Biathlon Canada. "For Biathlon
Canada to be able to host this sort of event provides great
opportunities to build up volunteer and officiating capacity at our
venues, as well as to expose our Canadian athletes to competitions with
the best athletes in the world. To be able to host the world at our
Canadian venues is a special opportunity and a great advantage for the
athletes who train at the venue on a daily basis. We look forward to
continued partnerships with the Government of Canada to ensure that we
can host the best events possible when we are awarded this
Biathlon Canada is the governing body overseeing all aspects of the
sport of biathlon in Canada. Its mission is to achieve consistent
international podium performance by leading, promoting, developing, and
governing biathlon in Canada to the highest standard of excellence.
The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in
Canada and supports participation and excellence from the playground to
the podium. A contribution of $150,000 was provided to Biathlon Canada
through Sport Canada's Hosting Program in support of the 2012 IBU Cup 6 and Cup 7 events. The Government of
Canada also committed $750,000 in 2011-2012 to Biathlon Canada through
the Sport Support Program.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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(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.)