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December 10, 2010 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports the 2010 CAN AM Para-Swimming Championships

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 10, 2010) - Swimming Natation Canada will be able to count on the support of the Government of Canada again this year to host the 2010 CAN AM Para-Swimming Championships, the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), announced today.

The 2010 CAN AM Para-Swimming Championships is one of a series of swim meets designed to bring swimmers with disabilities from Canada and the United States together twice a year to compete in stand-alone competitions that promote swimming from developmental to international levels. The Championships are taking place December 10 to 12, 2010, at the Etobicoke Olympium in Toronto, Ontario.

"Our Government takes great pride in supporting the 2010 CAN AM Para-Swimming Championships," said Minister Lunn. "We welcome all participants and wish all the best for a great competition. Hosting international events such as this one not only benefits our Canadian athletes and the sport community, but also has positive economic and social impacts for Canadians and their communities."

"We are very pleased with the financial support that we receive from the Government of Canada and greatly appreciate the partnership we share with Sport Canada," said Pierre Lafontaine, Chief Executive Officer of Swimming Natation Canada. "Canada is recognized for having one of the best para-swimming programs worldwide. As we prepare for the 2010 CAN AM Para-Swimming Championships in Toronto, we look forward to positive results and having many of our athletes shine during these competitions."

Swimming Natation Canada is the national governing body of competitive swimming. The federation comprises 75,000 members and 400 swim clubs across the country. A member of the Aquatic Federation of Canada, the organization delivers programs and services to develop world-class swimmers.

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada and supports participation and excellence from the playground to the podium. A contribution of $50,000 was provided to Swimming Natation Canada through Sport Canada's Hosting Program.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Vanessa Schneider - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations