EDMONTON, Aug. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), today confirmed the Government of Canada's contribution to the Canadian Amateur Baseball Federation (Baseball Canada) in support of the 2012 Women's Baseball World Cup. The tournament is being held in Edmonton from August 10 to 17.
"Our Government is proud to support this exciting competition, which will bring some of the greatest baseball players in the world to Canada," said Minister Gosal. "Events like this provide an opportunity for further skill development and competition experience for our national team, while bringing a welcome economic boost to the local community. I congratulate the organizers and volunteers for showcasing Edmonton to the world."
"Today is an exciting time for our community as we kick off the 2012 Women's Baseball World Cup," said Mr. Hawn. "It is an honour to welcome the world of baseball to Edmonton and our Government is pleased to be an integral part of hosting this prestigious championship."
"On behalf of Baseball Canada, we would like to thank the Government of Canada for their generous support of the 2012 Women's Baseball World Cup," said Ray Carter, Baseball Canada President. "Our Women's National Team is looking forward to the opportunity of representing Canada in Edmonton."
Baseball Canada, federally incorporated in 1964 as the Canadian Amateur Baseball Federation, is the governing body for baseball in Canada and is a member of the International Baseball Federation.
The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to podium. It is proud to support Canadian sport excellence through federal programs and policies that contribute to achievement in world-class competition. A contribution of $100,000 was provided to Baseball Canada for the 2012 Women's Baseball World Cup through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. The Government of Canada also contributed close to $1 million in 2012-2013 to Baseball Canada through the Sport Support Program.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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