MONTREAL, July 31, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal,
Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister
of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), today announced the
Government of Canada's contribution to Water Polo Canada in support of
the Unión Americana de Natación (UANA) Pan American XVII Junior Men's
and XI Junior Women's Water Polo Championships. The event will take
place from August 9 to 18, 2012, in Montréal.
"Our Government is pleased to provide funding for the UANA Pan American
Junior Men's and Junior Women's Water Polo Championships," said
Minister of State Gosal. "We are committed to high-performance athlete
development and we strive to provide opportunities for our young
athletes to gain valuable international experience right here at home."
"Hosting international sport events not only gives our athletes the
opportunity to compete against the world's best, but also brings a
welcome boost to the local economy," said Minister Paradis. "I
congratulate the organizers and volunteers, and I wish our athletes the
best of luck in their pursuit of excellence."
The organizing committee expects to welcome eight men's teams and six
women's teams from across the Americas to Montréal. This event is a
qualification tournament for the FINA Junior Men's and Women's Water
Polo Championships next summer. The top five men's team will earn a
spot at the Junior Men's World Championships in Hungary, while the top
four women's squads will qualify for the Junior Women's event.
The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in
Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to
podium. A contribution of $50,000 was provided to Water Polo Canada
through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. Sport Canada's Sport Support Program is providing almost $3 million to Water Polo Canada for the 2012-2013
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
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)
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)