Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 25, 2009 14:00 ET

Canada Proud to Support Opportunities for Canadian Swimmers to Shine

ROBERVAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 25, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced $50,000 in funding for the 2009 FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup, taking place in Roberval, Quebec.

"Canadians are extremely proud of our Canadian swimmers. These athletes are talented and dedicated individuals who continue to shine on the world stage, earning podium finishes in the 2009 FINA Championships in Rome," said Minister of State Lunn. "Our Government recognizes that this event will help build lasting legacies for the Canadian sport system and for all Canadians, from community-based sport right up to the high-performance level."

"I am pleased to announce funding to help make this important event an outstanding success," said Minister of State Lebel. "This competition is a great opportunity for our high-performance Canadian athletes to demonstrate their talent at a trademark Canadian event-La Traversee internationale du lac St-Jean-and for Canadians to cheer on our athletes as they own the podium here at home."

The 2009 FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup is a year-long series of 12 open-water swimming competitions in various countries, including Spain, Great Britain, Brazil, Mexico, and Portugal. In Canada, the event is held in July, as part of La Traversee internationale du lac St-Jean in Roberval. It is organized by La Traversee du lac St-Jean and Swimming Canada.

"The Traversee internationale du lac St-Jean organizing committee is proud to have hosted a step of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup since 2007. Being entrusted with presenting such a prestigious competition-an event that has been included in the Olympic Games since Peking 2008-is a good indication of confidence and recognition of our organization, which has worked to develop and promote open-water swimming for 55 years!" said Roger Gervais, Chair of the Board of Traversee internationale du lac St-Jean.

Swimming Canada serves as the national governing body of competitive swimming in Canada. It focuses on implementing and coordinating programs dedicated to the development and growth of a national support system for athletes and coaches.

The funding is provided through Sport Canada's Hosting Program.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Michelle Yao
    819-934-1131
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155