Government of Canada provides funds to Squash Canada to support the hosting of a major international squash championship
GATINEAU, QC, March 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal today announced that the Government of Canada will provide up to $150,000 to Squash Canada through Sport Canada's Hosting Program for the 2014 World Squash Federation (WSF) Women's World Team Championships. The event is being held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, from December 1 to 6, 2014.
- The Women's World Team Championships are played every two years. Canada placed 12th at the 2012 Championships, held in Nîmes, France.
- The event will serve as a test event for the upcoming 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games, which are being hosted in Toronto and the surrounding area.
- Squash Canada is the non-profit, national sport organization that sets the Canadian standards for squash and is responsible for the development of athletes, coaches, and officials.
- The Government provided $501,500 to Squash Canada in 2013-2014 through the Sport Support Program.
- The Athlete Assistance Program provided almost $80,000 to help eight squash players with living and training expenses in 2013-2014.
"I am pleased to announce funding to support the hosting of the 2014 Women's World Squash Team Championships later this year in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This event will give our Canadian athletes a chance to experience international competition on home soil, and will also help strengthen the local community and economy."
—Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)
"The opportunity to host the largest world-class squash event in Canada, showcasing some of the greatest women in sport, is phenomenal for the players, the fans, and the game itself. Thanks to the incredible foresight and financial support of the Government of Canada, together with the dynamic team of experts in event planning and hospitality at White Oaks, Squash Canada is confident the 2014 Women's World Team Championships will inspire many more people into the game, attract a multitude of new visitors to the Niagara region, and send a clear message to the rest of the world of Canada's position on excellence in sport."
—Lolly Gillen, President of Squash Canada
"We are grateful to the Government of Canada for the ongoing support of Squash Canada, as well as for its support of the Women's World Team Squash Championships. The Championship will be the pinnacle event for our athletes as we conclude our 99th year as an organization."
—Danny Da Costa, Executive Director of Squash Canada
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)