TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of
State (Sport), today announced funding for Wheelchair Basketball Canada
at the launch of its new Wheelchair Basketball Canada Academy at the
University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.
"Canada is recognized as a leader in wheelchair basketball, and our
Government is proud to support Wheelchair Basketball Canada so that our
men can defend the gold medal they won in London and we can get our
women back on the podium," said Minister of State Gosal. "The new
Wheelchair Basketball Canada Academy will help the next generation of
Canadian wheelchair basketball athletes achieve world-class results."
"Canada's senior national teams have captured a combined six gold, one
silver, and one bronze medal in the last six Paralympic Games," said
Wendy Gittens, Executive Director of Wheelchair Basketball Canada.
"Now, thanks to the ongoing support of the Government of Canada and all
our partners, we are entering into a new era in wheelchair basketball,
in which our elite athletes will be better poised than ever to continue
propelling Canada to the top of the podium."
The Wheelchair Basketball Canada Academy, the first of its kind in
Canadian Paralympic sport, was developed in partnership with the
Government of Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Paralympic
Committee, the University of Toronto, the Canadian Sport Institute
Ontario, and Wheelchair Basketball Canada.
The Government of Canada committed $1.9 million in 2013-14 to Wheelchair
Basketball Canada through the Sport Support Program, including $210,000 for the Academy. Sport Canada's Athlete Assistance Program also provided approximately $543,000 to support 44 Canadian field
wheelchair basketball athletes with living and training expenses in
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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(media only), please contact:
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.)