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August 03, 2009 21:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports 2009 World Water Ski Championships

LAKES OF KASTYNSTONE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 3, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), today announced that the Government of Canada will provide funding of $250,000 to the 2009 World Water Ski Championships through Sport Canada's Hosting Program. He was joined by Ted Menzies, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament (Macleod).

"Our Government is proud to support the 2009 World Water Ski Championships at Lakes of KastynStone, which will bring together 205 athletes from 40 countries," said Minister of State Lunn. "This event will provide participants and spectators alike with an outstanding opportunity to enjoy the highest level of water sport competition, and I wish all our athletes competing the best of luck."

"Sport strengthens individuals by enabling them to develop skills such as leadership, discipline, and perseverance," said Mr. Menzies. "Today's announcement is another example of how our Government is supporting sport participation and athlete development here at home."

"We are extremely pleased to receive the Government of Canada's support. It is only through this support that such an event can be brought to Canada, the last such time being 30 years ago," said Dan Wolfenden, Executive Director of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada. "This exciting championship will attract thousands of out-of-country visitors and over 20,000 spectators, and will enable us to further promote the sport and the level of excellence of Canadian water skiers."

The 2009 edition of the World Water Ski Championships, which have been held every two years since 1949, is scheduled to take place from August 3 to 9 at the Lakes of KastynStone, home of the Predator Bay Water Ski Club in Calgary.

The Government of Canada believes that participation in sport is part of a healthy lifestyle and contributes to a healthy society. Hosting international sport events gives Canada the opportunity to showcase our country to athletes and spectators from all over the world. Events like this also stimulate the tourism industry and have positive repercussions on the local economy.

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada and supports participation and excellence from the playground to the podium.

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
    Press Secretary
    819-934-1131
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155