Harper Government Supports 2012 Canada Post Freestyle Grand Prix in Sainte-Adèle

SAINTE-ADÈLE, QC, Jan. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Claude Carignan, Senator (Mille Isles), today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association in support of the 2012 Canada Post Freestyle Grand Prix being held at Mont Gabriel in Sainte-Adèle.

"Our Government is pleased to support our talented athletes and coaches with this contribution to the 2012 Canada Post Freestyle Grand Prix," said Minister of State Gosal. "Our freestyle skiers are an inspiration and a source of pride to many Canadians from coast to coast to coast. I wish our athletes much success in this prestigious competition."

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I welcome athletes from Canada and around the world to the Laurentians," said Senator Carignan. "This world-class facility continues to showcase the natural beauty of the region and the hospitality of the residents. Events like this one bring a welcome economic boost to the community."

Hosting the 2012 Canada Post Freestyle Grand Prix at Mont Gabriel will provide 30 Canadian athletes with an international competitive opportunity. The event will also involve 17 Canadian coaches and 16 Canadian officials, in accordance with international federation rules. Other activities include a judges assignment clinic, officials mentorship program, and volunteer training.

"The Quebec stop is definitely an athlete favourite. The crowd here always comes out to support the team, and the support of the Government of Canada is invaluable," said Peter Judge, Canada Freestyle CEO. He added that the majority of members on the Canadian Freestyle Team have their roots in the province.

Hosting international sport events gives Canada the opportunity to showcase our country to athletes and spectators from all over the world and brings significant economic benefits to Canadians and their communities.

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 the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. Sport Canada's Sport Support Program is providing $2.496 million to the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)

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(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)

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