CALGARY– Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton would like to applaud the Harper Government for its continued commitment to providing the financial fuel required to deliver podium performances for Canadian athletes on the track to Sochi.
The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), announced on Thursday the Government of Canada’s funding for winter sport organizations in preparation for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
“Our Government is proud to support our high-performance athletes as they prepare for Sochi,” said Minister of State Gosal. “Along with all Canadians, I look forward to cheering on our athletes next winter at the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
The Government of Canada is providing more than $31 million to 11 winter national sport organizations through Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program. The sports receiving funding are alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsleigh/skeleton/luge, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, hockey, ski jumping, snowboarding, and speed skating.
"Thanks to the Government of Canada’s generous financial support, the nation's bobsleigh and skeleton athletes have celebrated more than 200 international medals around the world over the last decade," said Don Wilson, chief executive officer, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton. "Be it investments in programming through Own the Podium, or event hosting, the Harper Government has given our athletes a competitive advantage, and the determination to see the Canadian flag raised above the World Cup podium each time we hit the start line.”
Canada currently ranks third in overall Olympic winter sport World Cup medal totals as Canada’s bobsleigh and skeleton athletes prepare to hit the start line for the World Championships at the birthplace of the sport in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The teams will then head to Sochi for the test event section of this year’s schedule. These two final measuring tools will help identify the work that remains to be done over the next 13 months to ensure all athletes are fully prepared to contend for the podium in 2014.
The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to podium. In addition to the funding announced today, more than $6.9 million was provided through the Athlete Assistance Program in 2012–2013 to assist our winter sport athletes with training and living expenses.