Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 20, 2009 11:12 ET

Government of Canada Supports the 6th FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in Roberval

ROBERVAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec) and Member of Parliament (Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean), today announced that the Government of Canada will provide funding to Swimming Natation Canada for the 6th FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships. The Championships will be held in Roberval, Quebec, from July 15 to 23, 2010. It will be the first time that Canada plays host to this annual Championship.

"Our Government is proud to support the 6th FINA World Open Water Swimming Championship," said Minister of State Denis Lebel. "This event will bring together more than 150 athletes from 40 countries to Roberval and will offer a great opportunity for high-performance Canadian athletes to display their talent. Hosting an international sport event such as this brings significant sport, economic, and social benefits to Canadians and their communities."

The Government of Canada recognizes that participation in sport is an important part of everyone's life, promotes a healthy lifestyle, and will result in a healthier and more active Canada.

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada and supports participation and excellence from the playground to the podium. Funding of $500,000 for this event is being provided through Sport Canada's Hosting Program, which is a key instrument in the Government's overall approach to sport development in Canada. The Program aims to enhance the development of sport excellence and the international profile of sport organizations by assisting them in hosting international sport events in Canada.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
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