LETHBRIDGE, AB, March 17, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), Jim Hillyer, Member of Parliament (Lethbridge), today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to the Canadian Curling Association in support of the 2012 Ford World Women's Curling Championship.
"Our Government is pleased to support the Ford World Women's Curling Championship once again," said Minister of State Gosal. "Canada's women curlers have a rich tradition of being on the podium at world championships, and I wish our team much success as they continue their pursuit of excellence."
"Hosting international events like the 2012 Ford World Women's Curling Championship not only showcases our region to the world, but also provides an additional economic boost to the community," said Mr. Hillyer. "I thank the organizers, the volunteers, and the citizens of Lethbridge for welcoming the world's top women curlers."
The 2012 World Women's Curling Championship is taking place from March 17 to 25, 2012, in Lethbridge, Alberta. The tournament, hosted by the Canadian Curling Association, will attract 60 athletes from 12 countries.
"The Canadian Curling Association greatly appreciates the support and collaboration of the Government of Canada. Curling is a sport that has mass appeal in Canada, and contributions towards major events such as the 2012 Ford World Women's Curling Championship are fundamental to its success," said Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Curling Association. "With a projected economic impact of over $10 million on the local economy alone, we certainly feel that this is a mutually beneficial investment, which we are very grateful for."
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 $50,000 was provided to the Canadian Curling Association through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. Sport Canada's Sport Support Program is providing more than $2.8 million to the Canadian Curling Association for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
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.)