INVESTING IN THE NEXT GENERATION OF OLYMPIANS AND PARALYMPIANS
The federal Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Carla Qualtrough, announced up to
$10 million in annual funding to support athletes who have demonstrated medal potential for future Olympic or Paralympic Games.
“As a Paralympian, I know firsthand the impact that our athletes’ accomplishments have in inspiring all Canadians, especially our young people,” said Qualtrough who is visually impaired and formerly competed as a swimmer.
The investment – $5 million from
the federal government, $4 million from the Canadian Olympic Committee and $1 million from the Canadian Paralympic Committee – is designed to complement the current investments in the sport system. It will support additional coaches, improve the daily training environments of athletes, and invest in sport science and sport medicine services. As a result, athletes will be better prepared (physically, mentally, technically and tactically) when they reach the level of top international competition.