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Canadian Heritage

November 22, 2009 14:00 ET

Minister of State Lunn Congratulates Athletes at the 2009 HomeSense Skate Canada International Grand Prix of Figure Skating

KITCHENER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 22, 2009) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), today congratulated medal winners at the 2009 HomeSense Skate Canada International Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

"Our Government is a proud supporter of the 2009 HomeSense Skate Canada International Grand Prix of Figure Skating, and I am thrilled to be here today to congratulate in person all of the athletes who competed over the weekend," said Minister of State Lunn. "I am proud of our Canadian athletes who worked hard all season to earn the opportunity to compete here in Kitchener against the best skaters in the world. Their performances gave us a taste of the excitement to come as these athletes strive to earn the chance to represent Canada at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games."

The HomeSense Skate Canada International Grand Prix of Figure Skating is held every year and attracts 60 athletes from 11 countries. Skate Canada International is the last of six competitions in the annual International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The other events take place in France, Russia, China, Japan, and the United States. Skaters are awarded points based on their placements in the series' events. The top six men and women and the top six pairs and ice-dance teams qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.

Skate Canada is the national governing body for figure skating in Canada and is the largest figure skating governing body in the world. Skate Canada is committed to the development of personal excellence through participation in skating.

The Government of Canada provided funding of $50,000 to Skate Canada through Sport Canada's Hosting Program to help make this event a success. For the 2009-2010 fiscal year, Sport Canada will provide more than $1.9 million to Skate Canada, which includes $460,000 from the Athlete Assistance Program in direct support to figure skating athletes and $1.447 million through its Sport Support 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)
    819-934-1122
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca