VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 21, 2011) - Today, the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), confirmed that Canada's winter athletes will be able to continue their pursuit of excellence due to a major funding announcement to various winter sport organizations.

"The Government of Canada recognizes the significant success and efforts of our athletes and coaches and works to ensure that they continue to have the venues and resources needed" said the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport) "This confirmed funding represents an unprecedented level of assistance to national winter-sport organizations and will contribute to making Canada a leading sport nation."

In total, $27,635,204 is being provided to various winter sport organizations through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program. National Sport Organizations (NSOs) included in this announcement are:

Alpine Canada Alpin $4,795,700
Biathlon Canada $810,085
Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton $2,616,040
Broomball Canada $203,000
Canadian Curling Association $2,758,000
Canadian Freestyle Ski $2,513,000
Cross Country Canada $2,308,500
Hockey Canada $3,368,500
Ringette Canada $455,000
Skate Canada $1,846,000
Snowboard Canada $2,277,532
Speed Skating Canada $3,683,847

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in this country and supports participation and excellence from the playground to the podium.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.)

Contact Information: Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)
Vanessa Schneider - Director of Communications
Canadian Heritage
Media Relations