Canada Basketball to receive funding from the Government of Canada to support the hosting of World Championship
TORONTO, March 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal today announced the Government of Canada is providing Canada Basketball with $245,000 through Sport Canada's Hosting Program to support the 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship, which are being held in Toronto June 20 to 28, 2014.
Minister of State Gosal also joined an open practice to introduce the 12 members of the Women's National Wheelchair Basketball Team who will represent Canada at the Championship.
- The Government of Canada contributed $4.1 million to Canada Basketball in 2013-2014 through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program, including approximately $210,000 for the new Wheelchair Basketball Canada National Academy.
- In 2013-2014, almost $295,000 was provided through Sport Canada's Athlete Assistance Program to support 22 Canadian wheelchair basketball athletes with living and training expenses.
- Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national governing body responsible for the organization of wheelchair basketball in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is committed to excellence in the development, support, and promotion of wheelchair basketball programs and services for all Canadians from grassroots to high performance.
"We are pleased to support Canada Basketball's hosting of the 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship, which provides world-class competition for our elite athletes, in addition to promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to Canadians. Sport plays an important part in Canadian culture, and our Government is proud to support Paralympic sports and Paralympic athletes who dedicate themselves to their sport. They are an enormous source of pride and inspiration for all Canadians."
—Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)
"Canada is fiercely proud of our roots in hosting world-leading wheelchair basketball events, such as the Men's Worlds in 1994, the inaugural Junior Men's Worlds in 1997, and the first-ever Junior Women's Worlds in 2011. This is why we are so incredibly excited, humbled, and grateful to work with so many great partners such as the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, as well as the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Sunrise Medical to continue building legacies and leave a lasting impact."
—Wendy Gittens, Director, 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship Tournament
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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