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Canadian Heritage

April 03, 2009 18:24 ET

The Government of Canada Welcomes Athletes to the 2009 World Men's Curling Championships

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - April 3, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), Rob Moore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Member of Parliament (Fundy Royal), today wished the participants a warm welcome during the opening ceremony of the 2009 World Men's Curling Championships.

"We are pleased to support the 2009 World Men's Curling Championships," said Minister of State Lunn. "Our top Canadian curlers worked hard all season to earn the opportunity to compete against the world's best. Their performances will inspire us and give us a taste of the excitement to come at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games."

"Our Government is pleased to mark the 50th anniversary of this successful event," said Mr. Moore. "By bringing together the world's finest curling rinks, the Championship will provide players and spectators alike with an outstanding opportunity to enjoy the highest level of curling competition."

The Government of Canada is providing the Canadian Curling Association with funding of $50,000 through Sport Canada's Hosting Program to help make this event a success.

"The financial viability of many of the major curling events which the Canadian Curling Association operates is dependent on the assistance and partnerships that we establish," said Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Curling Association. "We are very fortunate to have the great support of the Government of Canada to help make the 50th anniversary of this marquee championship successful. There is no doubt that the 2009 Ford Men's World Curling Championships will be one for the record books."

Twelve countries-Canada, U.S.A., China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Scotland, and Switzerland-have qualified to compete at these World Championships, which are being held in Moncton, New Brunswick, from April 4 to 12, 2009.

Our Government believes that sport strengthens individuals, as well as our communities by bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds.

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
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