Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

July 24, 2014 09:37 ET

Statement by the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), Congratulating Kirsten Sweetland on Winning Canada's First Medal at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND--(Marketwired - July 24, 2014) -

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I congratulate Kirsten Sweetland on winning Canada's first medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games today, in Glasgow, Scotland.

Kirsten, from Victoria, British Columbia, achieved her silver medal podium finish in the Triathlon.

Along with all Canadians, I am extremely proud of Kirsten's outstanding performance. She has given our Canadian team a fantastic start to the Games and has set the stage for more Canadian medals as we enter day one of competition.

I am thrilled to be present in Glasgow to cheer on our Canadian athletes as they compete against the best athletes from the 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.

Canada is a top sport nation, and each of our athlete's performances is a true reflection of our country's amazing athletic talent and national pride.

It is a great honour for me to congratulate Kirsten on her achievements. Best wishes to all Canadian athletes for much success at these Games.

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada, investing nearly $200 million a year in Canada's athletes and sport organizations to provide them with the resources and tools they need to compete and win on the international stage.

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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