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Swimming Canada receives Government of Canada funding

July 24, 2014 –Roberval, Quebec – Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Member of Parliament (Roberval–Lac-Saint-Jean), on behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today announced $50,000 in funding for Swimming Canada. This funding, provided through Sport Canada’s Hosting Program, supports the hosting of the 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup (Open Water) Lac Saint-Jean during the 60th edition of the Traversée internationale du Lac St-Jean”.

The 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup (Open Water) Lac Saint-Jean is being held in Roberval on July 24, 2014.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada contributed more than $5,068,000 to Swimming Canada in 2013–2014 through Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program.
  • In 2013–2014, close to $1,472,700 was provided through Sport Canada's Athlete Assistance Program to support 124 Canadian swimmers with living and training expenses.
  • Swimming Canada serves as the national governing body of competitive swimming. The federation includes 75,000 members and 400 swim clubs across the country. Canadians are global leaders in high-performance swimming and development for both able-bodied swimmers and swimmers with disabilities.

Quotes

“We are proud to support the 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup (Open Water) Lac Saint-Jean, as it provides an opportunity for our Canadian athletes to compete against the world’s best in front of their family, friends, and enthusiastic supporters. Good luck to our athletes and welcome to all the participants from around the world.”
—The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)

 “Hosting international sport events such as the 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup (Open Water) Lac Saint-Jean provides an opportunity for our athletes to achieve their podium goals here at home, and gives a great boost to our local economy. I welcome everyone to this beautiful region of Quebec for the Traversée internationale du Lac St-Jean.”
The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Member of Parliament (Roberval–Lac-Saint-Jean)

“We appreciate the continued and dedicated support of the Government of Canada to help provide these opportunities for Canadian athletes to compete on the world stage right here at home, These investments will pay dividends for years to come from the athletes who compete for us and the communities that work hard to make these events possible.”
—Ahmed El Awadi, Chief Executive Officer, Swimming Canada Natation

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