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|Canadian athletes get additional government funding||| Print ||
|Written by Danielle Perry|
|Tuesday, 13 March 2012 11:26|
In preparation for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, it was announced Tuesday morning that the Harper Government will be giving additional funding for a variety of summer sports.
Having already provided over $33 million in the last year through Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program, the federal government will be contributing an extra $2.2 million on top of that.
"In the final stretch towards London 2012, this financial boost is very timely. The funds announced today are part of ensuring that Canada's outstanding athletes are ready to compete at their best in the Olympic environment," the press release said.
The money will be divided between athletics, boccia, canoe/kayak, cycling, diving, equestrian, goalball, soccer, swimming, wheelchair rugby and wrestling.
“This additional support is another critical step forward taken by the Canadian Government to help deliver the resources athletes need to climb the podium at the upcoming 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London,” said Anne Merklinger, chief executive officer of Own the Podium in a press release.
“The Government of Canada continues to lead the way in creating a new culture for winning, which all Canadian athletes now fully support,” Merklinger said.
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