Harper Government Supports the World Junior Alpine Skiing Championships Québec 2013

BEAUPRÉ, QC, Feb. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today announced the Government of Canada's funding to Alpine Canada Alpin in support of the World Junior Alpine Skiing Championships Québec 2013.

"Supporting long-term athlete development is something our Government believes in, which is why we continue to support junior competitions," said Minister of State Gosal. "While providing an economic boost to our local communities, hosting international championship events like this also gives our young athletes the chance to compete at the highest level right here at home."

The 31st edition of the annual World Junior Alpine Skiing Championships is attracting 250 athletes from over 50 countries. The event runs from February 18 to 28 at the Mont-Sainte-Anne and Massif de Charlevoix ski resorts near Québec City.

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 $250,000 for this event was provided to Alpine Canada Alpin through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. The Government of Canada has also committed more than $3.7 million to Alpine Canada Alpin in 2012-2013 through the Sport Support Program. In 2011-2012, approximately $32,000 was provided through the Athlete Assistance Program to support 8 developmental alpine ski athletes with living and training expenses.

SOURCE: Canadian Heritage

For further information:

(media only), please contact:

Robert Lynch
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)

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