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Harper Government Supports the 2012 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

June 15, 2012

RICHMOND, BC, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ – On behalf of the Honourable Bal
Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister
of State (Seniors) and Member of Parliament (Richmond), today announced
the Government of Canada’s contribution to the Canadian Wheelchair
Sports Association in support of the 2012 Canada Cup International
Wheelchair Rugby Tournament. The event is being held from June 21 to
23, 2012, at the Richmond Oval.

“Our Government is pleased to support this prestigious event that will
provide an excellent opportunity to show off the incredible talent and
determination of our wheelchair rugby athletes,” said Minister of State
Gosal. “Our athletes are a source of great pride and inspiration to
Canadians across our country, and we are proud to support them on the
road to London 2012.”

“I am delighted that this extremely competitive and exciting tournament,
in which our national team athletes can demonstrate their skills, has
returned to Richmond,” said Minister of State Wong. “I congratulate the
event’s organizers and volunteers from our community on the hosting of
this event, which will bring a welcome boost to the local economy.”

The Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament was created in
2004 by the BC Wheelchair Sports Association in order to provide
another elite competition opportunity in wheelchair rugby. The Canada
Cup takes place every two years and is considered the most prestigious
wheelchair rugby tournament outside of a World Championship or
Paralympic Games.

“The Canada Cup tournament is vitally important to our athletes’
preparation for the London 2012 Paralympics,” said Cathy Cadieux,
Executive Director of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association. “We
are grateful for the generous support that we have received from the
Government of Canada both in this initiative and in others.”

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in
Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to
podium. The Government of Canada has provided $50,000 from Sport
Canada’s Hosting Program for the 2012 Canada Cup International
Wheelchair Rugby Tournament. Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program
provided more than $1.3 million to the Canadian Wheelchair Sports
Association during the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage


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