CALGARY, Feb. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal,
Minister of State (Sport), Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament (Red
Deer), today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to the
2012 International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation World Cup Calgary,
which is being held at Canada Olympic Park from February 6 to 11, 2012.
"Our Government is pleased to support Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, through
Sport Canada's Hosting Program, for the 2012 International Bobsleigh
and Skeleton Federation World Cup Calgary," said Minister of State
Gosal. "It is always exciting to have Canada's top bobsleigh and
skeleton athletes compete against other world-class athletes here at
home as they continue their pursuit of athletic excellence."
"Hosting international sport events like this World Cup not only
benefits Canadian athletes and the Canadian sport system, but also has
a positive impact on the community and the local economy," said
Mr. Dreeshen. "I commend all the competing athletes for their
determination and dedication to their sport and thank all the
volunteers and organizers who helped to make the event a success."
"Hosting international events at home provides Canadian athletes with a
competitive advantage while inspiring the next generation to live
healthier and more active lives, and ultimately growing our sports,"
said Don Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton
(BCS). "We applaud the Government of Canada for their support in
helping us showcase our sport and country to the world."
Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton is a non-profit organization and the national
governing body for the sports of bobsleigh and skeleton in Canada.
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 $75,000 was provided to Bobsleigh
Skeleton Canada through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. The Government of Canada also committed $2.8 million in 2011-2012 to
Bobsleigh Luge Skeleton Canada through the Sport Support Program.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
For further 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.)