RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 13, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) and Member of Parliament (Richmond), on behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today announced the Canadian Fencing Federation is receiving funding of $40,000 through Sport Canada's Hosting Program for the Peter Bakonyi World Cup 2015, which is taking place from February 13 to 15.

Quick Facts

- In 2014-2015, Sport Canada is contributing up to $90,000 through its Hosting Program to the Peter Bakonyi World Cup 2015 ($40,000) and the Pan American Junior Championships ($50,000).

- The Government of Canada contributed $429,000 to the Canadian Fencing Federation in 2014-2015 through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program.

- For the period of October 1, 2014, to September 30, 2015, Sport Canada will provide up to $233,000 through the Athlete Assistance Program to support 20 fencing athletes and para-athletes with living and training expenses and special needs.

- The Canadian Fencing Federation is a non-profit, amateur sport association and the national governing body of fencing. It includes 10 provincial fencing associations, which in turn represent over 200 local clubs from coast to coast. Its mandate is to establish, develop and support fencing in Canada and to represent Canada on the international scene.


"The Peter Bakonyi World Cup 2015 is a unique international sporting event that Canada is proud to host during the Year of Sport. It is an amazing opportunity for our epee athletes, coaches and officials to show their talent on home soil as they prepare for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games and the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. We are pleased to help make this event possible."

- The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)

"National sport organizations are essential to Canada's success as a leading sport nation, and the Canadian Fencing Federation plays a crucial role in developing high-performance athletes to represent us on the international scene. We invite Canadians from the area to come and witness the exploits of some of our best fencing talent."

- The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) and Member of Parliament (Richmond)

"The Peter Bakonyi World Cup 2015 will be a highlight of international fencing in North America this year. Thanks to the funding and support of the Government of Canada and the excellent partnership between the British Columbia Fencing Federation, Canadian Fencing Federation, City of Richmond, Richmond Olympic Oval, Hosting BC and the host Dynamo Fencing Club, the best fencers on the planet will compete in front of Canadian fans for glory and world ranking points."

- Igor Gantsevich, Co-Chair, Peter Bakonyi World Cup 2015

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Peter Bakonyi World Cup 2015

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Robert Lynch
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Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)

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