Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

September 08, 2014 16:01 ET

Supporting the Coupe Banque Nationale International Tennis Tournament

Tennis Canada receives Government of Canada funding

QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 8, 2014) - Canadian Heritage

On behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Michel Rivard, Senator (Les Laurentides), today announced $50,000 in funding for Tennis Canada through Sport Canada's Hosting Program to support the Coupe Banque Nationale.

The 22nd edition of the Coupe Banque Nationale is being held from September 6 to 14, 2014, at the Pavillon de l'Éducation physique et des sports at Université Laval in Québec City.

Quick Facts

  • The Coupe Banque Nationale is an international tournament sanctioned by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). It is one of Quebec's and Canada's most prestigious women's tennis events.
  • Sport Canada's Sport Support Program will provide up to $885,500 to Tennis Canada during the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
  • Sport Canada's Athlete Assistance Program provided almost $200,000 to 19 tennis athletes to assist with living, training, tuition and special needs expenses in 2013-2014.
  • Tennis Canada is the national governing body for the sport of tennis. It is a member of the International Tennis Federation, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Wheelchair Tennis Association.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support the Coupe Banque Nationale, as it provides an opportunity for our Canadian athletes to compete against the world's best in front of their family, friends and enthusiastic Canadian supporters. Good luck to our athletes and a warm welcome to all of the international participants."

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

"Hosting international sport events such as the Coupe Banque Nationale provides an opportunity for our athletes to achieve their goals here at home, and gives a great boost to our local economy. I welcome everyone involved in this event to beautiful Québec City."

- The Honourable Michel Rivard, Senator (Les Laurentides)

"We would like to thank the Government of Canada for its support of the Coupe Banque Nationale, a highly respected tournament by WTA players. Canadian tennis is going through a very exciting and successful period, and it is with prestigious events like this one that we can continue to grow our sport throughout the country."

- Kelly D. Murumets, President and CEO, Tennis Canada

Associated Links

Sport Canada

Tennis Canada

Coupe Banque Nationale

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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
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