Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

June 12, 2015 17:00 ET

Canada's Road Cyclists to Challenge World-Class Field in Delta

Government of Canada provides support to the 2015 White Spot / Delta Road Race

DELTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 12, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., MP for Delta-Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today announced $50,000 in funding from the Government of Canada for Cycling Canada Cyclisme to support hosting of the White Spot / Delta Road Race on July 12, 2015.

Quick Facts

• The White Spot / Delta Road Race is an annual international road race sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). This year's edition will attract 205 athletes, coaches and team staff from 8 countries.

• The funding, from Sport Canada's Hosting Program, will provide 110 athletes, 10 coaches and 8 officials with a highly competitive international experience.

• In 2014-15, the Government of Canada provided $4,475,800 to Cycling Canada Cyclisme through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program for programs and services that have a direct impact on athlete development.

• For 2015-16, the Government of Canada, through Sport Canada's Athlete Assistance Program, is providing 52 cycling athletes with direct monthly support to assist with their living, training and education expenses and allow them to focus on their training.

• The Government of Canada places great importance on our high-performance athletes, as well as healthy and active Canadians. In Economic Action Plan 2015, the Government doubled the Children's Fitness Tax Credit to $1,000 to help offset the costs of parents enrolling their children in organized sports. At the same time, starting in 2016-17, it will be investing up to an additional $20 million into the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes to ensure they have what they need to push for the podium, now and in the future.

Quotes

"During this Year of Sport in Canada, we are very proud to once again support the White Spot / Delta Road Race. This year's race will allow Canadians to witness some of our country's top cyclists as they go head to head against other world-class athletes, some of whom they will compete against at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. What an amazing time for sport in our country, and I hope it will encourage all Canadians to embrace sport and remain physically active."

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

"In a few weeks, we will welcome some of the world's best cyclists-including our top Canadian road racers-to picturesque Delta for the White Spot / Delta Road Race. Not only will cycling enthusiasts witness some amazing cycling competition, but local citizens and businesses will benefit from the excitement and the economic benefits that the event will draw in."

-The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., MP for Delta-Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue

"Racing at home is an exceptional opportunity for our riders and their fans, especially with the challenging course and great organization provide by the White Spot/Delta Road Race. Cycling Canada is indebted to the Government of Canada for the hosting support of this high-level international event that features races for both men and women. We know that all competitors and supporters will enjoy their time in Delta."

-Greg Mathieu, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General, Cycling Canada

Associated Links

Canada.ca/Sport

Cycling Canada

White Spot / Delta Road Race

Year of Sport

Children's Fitness Tax Credit

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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

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