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Skate Canada receives Government of Canada funding to host the 2014 Skate Canada International Grand Prix of Figure Skating

October 31, 2014 – Kelowna, British Columbia – Canadian Heritage

On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament (Kelowna–Lake Country), today announced $45,000 in funding to Skate Canada. This funding, provided through Sport Canada’s Hosting Program, supports the hosting of the 2014 Skate Canada International Grand Prix of Figure Skating, being held at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, from October 31 to November 2, 2014.

Quick Facts

  • The Skate Canada International Grand Prix of Figure Skating is held every year and attracts 52 athletes from 13 countries.
  • Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program is providing up to $2,097,000 to Skate Canada during the 2014–2015 fiscal year.
  • Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program provided nearly $525,000 to 39 Canadian figure skaters to assist with living, training, and tuition support in 2013–2014.

Quotes

“This event provides a great opportunity for our athletes to compete against some of the best athletes in the world and will benefit the development of Canadian skaters. Our Government is proud to support the 2014 Skate Canada International Grand Prix of Figure Skating. Good luck to all of the competitors and a warm welcome to all figure skating fans.”

—The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)

“Hosting international sport events such as the 2014 Skate Canada International Grand Prix of Figure Skating 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 Kelowna and I wish all participants great success.”

—The Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament (Kelowna–Lake Country)

 “The continued support of the Government of Canada for our events and programs is a key factor in the success of our sport. Staging an international event here in Canada provides home field advantage to our Canadian skaters and encourages our younger athletes. Involving local volunteers and businesses in the hosting of our event and holding it in different communities throughout the country also help us achieve our vision of inspiring all Canadians to embrace the joy of skating.”

Dan Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Skate Canada

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