VICTORIA — Gary Lunn, the Minister of State (Sport), showed up at the Canadian figure skating championships with an open wallet.
Lunn confirmed that the feds will continue to fun Canada’s winter sport athletes in a major way over the next five years.
The federal government will invest $27.6 million annually in the hopes that Canada’s elite winter sport athletes continue to excel on the world stage after their outstanding performance at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics — where Canada made history by winning the most gold medals of any host country at a Winter Games, with 14. The Canadian team finished with 26 medals overall, the most medals the nation has ever won at a non-boycotted Olympics.
“This funding represents an unprecedented level of assistance to national winter-sport organizations and will contribute to making Canada a leading sport nation,” said Lunn.
Alpine Canada will receive the most money of any of the 12 individual winter sports federations being funded, with $4.8 million annually, with Skate Canada receiving $1.8 million. The funding is about the same the sports federations received leading up to the Vancouver Games and the success of those Olympics promoted the government to continue the funding. Hockey Canada will get $3.4 million annually.
Broomball fans will be thrilled to hear that their federation will get $203,000 annually, maintaining Canada’s status as a broomball powerhouse.