QUÉBEC CITY, Sept. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Michel Rivard, Senator (The Laurentides), today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to the 21st edition of the Bell Challenge. The announcement, made on behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), took place at the Pavillon de l'Éducation physique et des sports (PEPS) at Université Laval in Québec City. The women's tennis event is being held at PEPS from September 7 to 15, 2013.
"Our Government is proud to provide support to Tennis Canada for the 21st edition of the Bell Challenge," said Minister of State Gosal. "We are committed to ensuring that Canadian athletes are provided the support needed to reach the top of their sport. This includes the significant investments we have made in our athletes, in national sport organizations, and in support of hosting international sport events."
"This event offers an opportunity for our athletes to compete against some of the best in the world, while also bringing a welcome economic boost to the local community," said Senator Rivard. "I congratulate the organizers and volunteers for their dedication in presenting the Bell Challenge."
Tennis Canada is a non-profit national sport association responsible for leading the growth and promotion of tennis in Canada. It is a member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association.
A contribution of $50,000 to support the hosting of this event was provided to Tennis Canada through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. The Government of Canada also committed $558,250 in 2013-2014 through the Sport Support Program. Sport Canada's Athlete Assistance Program also provided more than $66,600 to support six female tennis athletes with living and training expenses in 2012-2013.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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