RED DEER, AB, May 5, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canada Games are an opportunity to showcase our country's up-and-coming athletes and coaches who have the potential to become national and international champions.
The 2019 Canada Winter Games will provide young athletes with the opportunity to foster and develop their skills while inspiring the next generation of Canadian athletes. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today announced over $11 million in funding over three years to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games - our country's largest domestic winter multisport games.
This funding includes $3 million for sport-related infrastructure enhancements at Great Chief Park, which will host long track speed skating during the Games. This investment will ensure Canada's athletes have top-quality facilities for competition that will foster their sport development. The Games will also provide the community of Red Deer with a long-lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy.
"Our athletes and coaches are a great source of pride and inspiration for us all. The Canada Games provide future members of our country's national teams with valuable training and competition experience. I'm thrilled to announce our government's support for the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer - a city that promotes innovation and collaboration through sport. This investment highlights our belief that future generations matter and that the Canada Games play an important role in helping young Canadian athletes get ready for success on the national and international stage."
-The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
"The Government of Canada's contribution to the 2019 Canada Winter Games will help us deliver a life-shaping Games experience to all participants and leave an exciting legacy in our community through the Great Chief Park enhancements. The 2019 Canada Winter Games is grateful to receive this funding to further the Canada Games movement throughout our community and across the nation by building champions and inspiring dreams amongst youth."
-Lyn Radford, 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society Board Chair
"The Canada Games would not be possible without the unwavering support of our government partners. During these last 50 years, the Canada Games have evolved into the iconic event it is today thanks to the passion the Government of Canada has exhibited towards the growth of amateur sport in this country."
-Tom Quinn, Canada Games Council Chairman
The 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer will take place from February 15 to March 3, 2019. The Games are the country's largest domestic winter multi-sport event, with up to 3,600 athletes, coaches and support staff, as well as more than 20,000 visitors.
This funding of $11,120,000 is being provided through Sport Canada's Hosting Program.
The Games will be the largest event ever hosted in Red Deer and central Alberta, and one of the largest events to be hosted in the province since the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
The 2019 Canada Winter Games will be the 27th edition of the Games and the third time the Canada Games have been hosted in Alberta. The province hosted the Canada Games in 1975 (Lethbridge) and 1995 (Grande Prairie).
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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