Harper Government Supports the Boiling Point Wheelchair Track Classic

WINDSOR, ON, July 13, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced the Government of Canada's contribution to Athletics Canada in support of the Boiling Point Wheelchair Track Classic. The event is being held in Windsor, Ontario, on July 14, 2012.

This is the sixth edition of the Boiling Point Wheelchair Track Classic, the premiere athletics competition for athletes with disabilities. This event offers Canadian high-performance Paralympic athletes an opportunity to compete against other world-class athletes at home. Up to 145 athletes from 7 countries will compete in the event.

"The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada's Hosting Program, is proud to provide support to Athletics Canada for the 2012 Boiling Point Wheelchair Track Classic," said Minister of State Gosal. "This event offers an opportunity for our athletes to compete against some of the best in the world, while bringing about a welcome economic boost to the local community."

"This summer, our top Paralympians will compete against the world's best, with all of Canada cheering them on," said Minister Finley. "The accomplishments of our national team are an inspiration to Canadians of all ages, particularly our youth. Good luck to all the athletes and congratulations to the organizers and community volunteers for their work."

"Our support from the Government of Canada for Boiling Point allows us to conduct a quality competition both for our developing and London-bound athletes," said Rob Guy, Chief Executive Officer for Athletics Canada. "Boiling Point is a focal point of our Para program and is and will continue to be critical to our long term successes."

Athletics Canada is the governing body and franchise holder for track and field in Canada and is a member of the International Association of Athletics Federations.

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to podium. Funding of $50,000 has been provided for this event through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. In 2012-2013, Athletics Canada will receive more than $4.7 million from the Sport Support Program. In 2011-2012, almost $2 million was provided through the Athlete Assistance Program to support 162 athletes in various athletics disciplines with living and training expenses.

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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