Wellness, Culture and Sport

Olympics, Paralympics ceremony; funding announcement (10/04/28)

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April 28, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A recognition ceremony today highlights New Brunswickers who took part in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Games this past winter in Vancouver and Whistler. At the event, Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert announced funding for sports organizations and high-performance athletes.

"I am happy the province is able to help our high-performance athletes," said Albert. "They are our future Plympians and Paralympians, and it is important to show them our support. We are proud of our athletes, coaches, officials, team leaders and members of the mission staff for Team Canada as well as the torchbearers and volunteers who were involved in the 2010 Games."

In addition to the involvement of the Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, the Department of Tourism and Parks oversaw the province's participation in the Atlantic Canada House in Vancouver and Whistler. This venue was rated by Vancouver Magazine as one of the top three international pavilions and the top Canadian pavilion. It was also awarded a gold medal for pavilions from the Vancouver Sun.

Several other departments had significant involvement in the province's role at the Games, including: Intergovernmental Affairs, Education, Office of Human Resources, Business New Brunswick, Communications New Brunswick and the Population Growth Secretariat.

The Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport will provide $75,000 to the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic to continue its support under the Atlantic Sport Strategy. This means direct assistance to athletes as well as to five high performance training groups throughout the province, including judo, cycling, wrestling, athletics and speedskating.

The department is working with the centre to deliver the High Performance Athlete Assistance Program, an annual granting program that goes directly to athletes in their efforts to earn national junior or senior team positions in their sport. This year, about $100,000 will be allocated to New Brunswick's high performance athletes.

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CONTACT PERSON: Elizabeth Joubert, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.

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