Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

March 05, 2015 15:00 ET

2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Showcase the World's Best Para-Skiers

Alpine Canada Alpin receives Government of Canada funding to host international para-Alpine event

PANORAMA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 5, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

David Wilks, Member of Parliament (Kootenay-Columbia), on behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today announced $200,000 in support to Alpine Canada Alpin, through Sport Canada's Hosting Program, for the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Alpine Skiing World Championships.

The event is taking place at Panorama Ski Resort, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, from February 28 to March 10.

Quick Facts

  • These World Championships will let 11 Canadian para-athletes-plus two guides, 10 coaches and more than 150 Canadian officials-experience the highest level of competition available in para-Alpine skiing. More than 100 athletes from 15 countries will compete.
  • Hosting this event allows Alpine Canada Alpin to enhance the development of Canadian high-performance athletes, coaches, and officials, as well as offer the benefits of competing against world-class athletes.
  • In the 2014-2015 fiscal year, Sport Canada is contributing up to $4,481,500 to Alpine Canada Alpin through the Sport Support Program to support the delivery and development of Alpine skiing in Canada.
  • From July 2014 to June 2015, Sport Canada will provide approximately $296,000 through the Athlete Assistance Program to support 17 members of the para-Alpine ski team with living, education and training expenses to help them focus on their pursuit of excellence.
  • Alpine Canada Alpin is the national governing body for the sport of Alpine ski racing in this country.

Quotes

"We are very proud to be hosting the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, the largest gathering of para-Alpine athletes since the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. What a chance for Canadians to cheer our top para-skiers-including some Sochi medal winners-as they compete against the world's best right here at home. We will be cheering from coast to coast to coast as we celebrate their efforts and achievements during the Year of Sport in Canada."

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

"I am very proud of Panorama for putting on such an incredible event. It's fantastic to be able to witness world-class performances right here amid the spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. Hosting this event will provide a welcome boost to our local economy, and I invite everyone to come cheer on the athletes and celebrate sport in one of Canada's most beautiful regions."

-David Wilks, Member of Parliament (Kootenay-Columbia)

"It is a very proud moment for all of us at Alpine Canada Alpin to host such a prestigious event as the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships. This is the first time ever IPC World Championships will occur in North America, and we are so fortunate to host them at Panorama Mountain Resort, B.C., Canada. It is incredible to be able to witness the world's best para-Alpine athletes compete for World Championship titles on home soil. For me, this is an opportunity to showcase the warmth, dedication and commitment of the members in our ski community. Our para-Alpine athletes had enormous success in the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games, and I am thrilled to watch them perform at the World Championships. I would like to invite all of you to join me in the finish, cheering on Canada at such an amazing venue."

-Mark Rubinstein, President and Chief Executive Officer, Alpine Canada Alpin

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Contact Information

  • Robert Lynch
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    819-934-1122
    robert.lynch@sports.gc.ca

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca