|By Marketwired .||
|June 13, 2014 05:00 PM EDT||
BURLINGTON, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/13/14 -- Department of Canadian Heritage
The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), announced that the Government of Canada has provided $50,000 to Racquetball Canada through Sport Canada's Hosting Program to support the hosting of the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) XVII World Racquetball Championship. The event will take place in Burlington from June 14 to 21, 2014.
-- Racquetball Canada is the national governing body for the sport of racquetball in Canada. -- The Government of Canada contributed $419,000 to Racquetball Canada during the 2013-2014 fiscal year through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program. -- In 2013-2014, $76,764 was provided through the Athlete Assistance Program to support five carded racquetball athletes with living, training, tuition, and special needs expenses.
"Hosting the highest level of racquetball competition in Burlington provides Canadian athletes with the opportunity to compete against the world's best on home soil. We are proud to support the hosting of the IRF XVII World Racquetball Championship and congratulate all the athletes taking part in this event."
-The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)
"I would like to extend a warm welcome to the athletes, coaches, officials, and fans to Burlington. I wish all competing athletes the very best of luck and look forward to seeing many of you in this part of Canada again for the 2015 Pan American Games."
-Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament (Burlington)
"The interest generated by the IRF countries coming to Canada is one of immense pride as one realizes the high regard in which Canada is held around the world. Racquetball Canada is extremely grateful for the financial support provided by the Government of Canada is hosting the XVII International Racquetball Federation World Championship. This is the first time in over 22 years that we have 'home soil' advantage for our athletes. We are excited to provide spectators with eight days of exciting, high-calibre matches, leaving a legacy for the sport to build on here in Canada."
-Cheryl Adlard, Executive Director, Racquetball Canada
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