VICTORIA, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal,
Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable James Moore, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the
Government of Canada's contribution to Athletics Canada in support of
the Victoria International Track Classic, part of the 2012 National
Track League circuit. The event is being held in Victoria on June 13,
"The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada's Hosting Program, is
proud to provide support to Athletics Canada for the 2012 National
Track League," said Minister of State Gosal. "I offer my best wishes to
our athletes as they pursue excellence here at home in Canada."
"Canada is a proud sporting nation, and our Government is committed to
ensuring that our athletes can compete with the world's best," said
Minister Moore. "Hosting international sport events like this not only
benefits Canadian athletes, but also has a positive impact on the local
economy and the community."
"Athletics Canada is very grateful for the Government of Canada's
financial support of the National Track League," said Rob Guy, Chief
Executive Officer of Athletics Canada. "The National Track League
supports and is helping drive three core pillars of our organization's
strategic plan: athlete development, competitions, and organizational
capacity. The homegrown international series also brings Canadian and
international stars to local communities across Canada."
Athletics Canada is the governing body and franchise holder for
athletics in Canada and is a member of the International Association of
Athletics Federations. The National Track League is held every year and
attracts more than 850 athletes from 21 countries. It offers Canadian
high-performance athletes an opportunity to compete against elite
athletes at home, while also providing breakthrough opportunities for
our young, up-and-coming athletes.
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 2011-2012, Athletics Canada received more than $4.6 million from
the Sport Support Program, and 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)
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)