Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

August 01, 2015 10:00 ET

World's Fastest Swimmers to Make Waves in Windsor in 2016

Swimming Canada receives Government of Canada funding for the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 1, 2015) - Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today announced the Government of Canada would provide $3.5 million in funding to Swimming Canada through Sport Canada's Hosting Program for the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).

This major international event will take place-for the first time in Canada-from December 6 to 11, 2016, at the Windsor Family Credit Union Centre.

Quick Facts

  • More than 900 swimmers from 170 countries will take part in these championships, which will feature 46 events, including 34 individual and 12 relay.
  • Swimming Canada serves as the national governing body of competitive swimming. It includes 75,000 members and 400 swim clubs across the country. Canadians are global leaders in high-performance swimming and development for both able-bodied swimmers and swimmers with disabilities.
  • From November 1, 2014, to October 31, 2015, the Government of Canada is providing $992,000 through Sport Canada's Athlete Assistance Program to support 76 Canadian swimmers with living and training expenses. The Government of Canada will contribute more than $5.5 million to Swimming Canada in 2015-16 through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program for programs and services that have a direct impact on athlete development.
  • The Government of Canada places great importance on high-performance athletes, as well as healthy and active Canadians. In Economic Action Plan 2015, it doubled the Children's Fitness Tax Credit to $1,000 to help offset the costs of parents enrolling their children in organized sports.
  • Starting in 2016-17, the Government of Canada will invest up to an additional $20 million into the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic athletes to ensure they have what they need to push for the podium, now and in the future.

Quotes

"Following the remarkable performance of our swimmers at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, we have a good idea of what to expect from them at the 2016 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). Once again, they'll have the privilege of competing against the best swimmers in the world, in front of a very enthusiastic Canadian crowd. Good luck to all!"

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

"This is the second largest FINA event next to the long-course World Championships, and Canada-with the City of Windsor at the helm-is honoured to host this prestigious event. Mega sporting events could not happen without the support of the Government of Canada, and on behalf of the swimming community, we say thank you. The Government continues to demonstrate its commitment and dedication to sport by supporting this event. We find ourselves once again a destination to the world. Swimming is not just a sport but a national activity."

-Ahmed El-Awadi, Chief Executive Officer, Swimming Canada

Associated Links

Swimming Canada

Fédération internationale de natation (FINA)

Sport Canada

Year of Sport in Canada

Children's Fitness Tax Credit

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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

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    Canadian Heritage
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