MONTREAL, Oct. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, Minister of State (Agriculture) and Minister Responsible for Quebec, today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to Tennis Canada in support of the International Wheelchair Tennis Championships, to be held from October 11 to 14, 2012, in Montréal, Quebec.
"The Government of Canada is proud to support Tennis Canada and the International Wheelchair Tennis Championships," said Minister of State Gosal. "By supporting championships like these, our Government provides world-class opportunities for our athletes to gain experience at an international level as they pursue their dreams and aspire to excellence."
"Hosting international events not only provides opportunities for our athletes and coaches; it also brings economic benefits to the host communities," said Minister Paradis. "I congratulate the organizers and local volunteers on their efforts and join them in welcoming all the competitors to Montréal for these championships."
"We are very grateful to the Government of Canada for its contribution to the International Wheelchair Tennis Championships," said Eugène Lapierre, Vice-President of Tennis Canada. "We organize several tennis events in Canada and Quebec every year, and the Government of Canada's assistance encourages us to strengthen our efforts to attract other international events. We are also very proud to have this opportunity to support wheelchair tennis."
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.
The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to podium. A contribution of $15,000 was provided to Tennis Canada through Sport Canada's Hosting Program in support of this event. The Government of Canada also committed approximately $948,000 to Tennis Canada in 2012-13 through the Sport Support Program. In 2011-12, approximately $97,000 was provided through the Athlete Assistance Program to assist eight wheelchair tennis athletes with their training and living expenses.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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