Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

September 18, 2014 14:38 ET

Supporting the International Wheelchair Tennis Championships: International Tournament Receives Government of Canada funding

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 18, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today announced $15,000 in funding for Tennis Canada. This funding, provided through Sport Canada's Hosting Program, supports the hosting of the International Wheelchair Tennis Championships.

This event is being held from September 18 to 21 at the Uniprix Stadium in Montréal.

Quick Facts

  • The funding announced today is part of a total of $150,000 that Sport Canada will contribute to Tennis Canada through the Hosting Program toward hosting four international tennis events in Canada this year.
  • Sport Canada will provide up to $875,500 to Tennis Canada in 2014-2015 through the Sport Support Program.
  • Sport Canada provided $74,400 through the Athlete Assistance Program to 6 wheelchair tennis athletes to assist with living, training, tuition and special needs expenses in 2013-2014.
  • Rules for wheelchair tennis are the same as for able-bodied tennis except that two bounces are permitted. Wheelchair tennis is open to athletes who have permanent or substantial loss of function in one or both legs.
  • Tennis Canada is the governing body for wheelchair tennis in Canada.

Quotes

"Canadians love tennis, and we are very excited that Canada is hosting the world's best at the International Wheelchair Tennis Championships. Our Government is proud to support Tennis Canada in hosting this event, and fans can look forward to watching some great wheelchair tennis competition at the Uniprix Stadium in Montréal."

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

"The help we receive from Sport Canada is vital to ensuring the International Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Montréal can take place. This event, which has earned a wonderful reputation internationally over the years, offers our best Canadian players the rare opportunity to play at home in front of friends and family, and to face off against the world's best."

-Richard Quirion, Tournament Director, International Wheelchair Tennis Championships

Associated Links

Sport Canada

Tennis Canada

International Wheelchair Tennis Championships

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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

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca