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October 22, 2010 09:00 ET

Minister of State Lunn Announces Support for the Paralympic Movement

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2010) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minster of State (Sport), today announced funding for the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) that will help the CPC offer increased sport and sport-related opportunities for people with physical disabilities.

"Canada's Paralympic athletes are an enormous source of pride for all Canadians, and our Government is proud to support and promote greater awareness of Paralympic sports," said Minister of State Lunn. "On behalf of the Government of Canada, I congratulate all our athletes and coaches who will be competing and representing Canada this year."

"The commitment that the Government of Canada has shown to Paralympic athletes and the whole Paralympic Movement is remarkable. This funding will be instrumental in increasing the participation of people with disabilities in sport, as it enables the Canadian Paralympic Committee to work more effectively with our partners to build a long-term Paralympic sport system across Canada," states Carla Qualtrough, President of the CPC. "It will enhance the Canadian Paralympic Team's ability to reach the podium and will make the Paralympic movement stronger and more sustainable than it has ever been before."

"The Canadian Paralympic Team is honoured by the Government of Canada's support. It is a strong endorsement of the importance of Paralympic sport and our accomplishments," says Chantal Petitclerc, a multiple Paralympic medal winner. "As high performance athletes, we are very focused on having our best performances and bringing home the Gold for Canada. It is great to know that our country is behind us every step of the way."

In 1976, Toronto hosted the Summer Paralympic Games and made Paralympic history by attracting 1600 athletes from 40 countries. In 2010, British Columbia staged the most successful Winter Paralympic Games in history.

The Government of Canada is the largest single contributor to sport in this country and strongly supports sport participation and physical activity among people of all ages and abilities. Additional funding of $10 million over two years for the Canadian Paralympic Committee was provided under Budget 2010.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Vanessa Schneider
    Director of Communications
    819-934-1122
    vanessa.schneider@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca