June 26, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government is investing $120,000 in high-performance sport through a grant to the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic (CSCA), Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert announced today.
"This is an investment in New Brunswick's top athletes who represent the province on the national and international stage," said Albert. "We know that these athletes who have set high standards for themselves need our support to assist with training and competition costs associated with achieving excellence."
The funds will be used to support Phase III of the Atlantic High Performance Sport Strategy. The strategy aims to produce more national team members by supporting elite athletes from across Atlantic Canada; to employ more full-time coaches in key performance sports in Atlantic Canada; and to complement provincial athlete and coach development initiatives.
"We are pleased to continue to have the Province of New Brunswick collaborate with us on high performance sport initiatives," said CSCA President Ken Bagnell. "These strategic targeted investments will help more of New Brunswick's high-performance athletes reach their potential while training in the province."
Don Ryan, coach of the Black Bears wrestling club, was on hand for the announcement. The Black Bears aim to put their wrestlers on the podium at national championships and international competitions.
"Partnership development with the provincial government and the CSCA will help us achieve our goals," said Ryan. "Today's investment will enhance the training and competitions for our athletes preparing for upcoming competitions, including the world championships, Olympic Games, Commonwealth championships, Pan Am Games and future national championships."
The CSCA is a partnership among the federal government, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Coaching Association of Canada and the Atlantic provinces. It is part of a national network of multi-sport centres providing support services to national team athletes and coaches in the region.
Albert also announced a $150,000 investment to help Recreation New Brunswick complete the Recreation and Sport Infrastructure Renewal Strategy Project.
"As with other community facilities, our sport and recreation infrastructure is aging and in need of maintenance and repair," Albert said. "To address those needs and areas where there is a deficit, we first need to have a sound understanding of the current state of this infrastructure provincewide."
The project is one of 32 action items in the Sport Plan for New Brunswick.
"This funding will enable Recreation New Brunswick to provide important data to all three levels of government about the state of recreation and sport infrastructure in our province," said Dana Purton-Dickson, president of Recreation New Brunswick. "This critical information will also assist our communities as they address the current and future needs of our community recreation and sport infrastructure."
MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Phillips, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.