Kevin Soren­son Re­ports

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Cel­e­brat­ing Canada’s Olympians and Para-Olympians Kevin Soren­son M.P. Bat­tle River-Crowfoot Con­stituency

All around our Bat­tle River-Crowfoot con­stituency, through­out our prov­ince, across Canada, and around the world, we are closely watch­ing the 2016 Sum­mer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As Cana­di­ans, from coast-to-coast-to-coast we are cheer­ing for our own Cana­dian ath­letes. I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late and wish all of our ath­letes the best of luck as they take on the world.

Cana­dian ath­letes are among the very best in the world and each and ev­ery one of them makes our coun­try proud. It is an achieve­ment in it­self just to be suc­cess­ful enough at a sport to earn a place on our Olympic or Para-Olympic Teams. All Cana­di­ans share a wide range of emo­tion watch­ing our fel­low coun­try men and women as they com­pete with the best in the world.

In Canada, one of our tra­di­tional de­bates asks whether we pre­fer sum­mer or winter Olympic and Para-Olympic games. The great pop­u­lar­ity of hockey, curl­ing, skat­ing and ski­ing of­ten ‘tips the scales’ for us in our north­ern cli­mate. We can be proud that our na­tion’s ath­letes are com­pet­i­tive and suc­cess­ful when they are up against na­tions that have sum­mer con­di­tions for most of the year.

The fed­eral, pro­vin­cial and ter­ri­to­rial gov­ern­ments, as well as the pri­vate and not­for-profit sec­tors, pro­vide pro­grams and fund­ing that sup­port par­tic­i­pa­tion and ex­cel­lence in sport. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s Cana­dian Sport Pol­icy, ef­fec­tive from 2012 to 2022, is the com­mon thread that brings to­gether all lev­els of gov­ern­ment in Canada, in­sti­tu­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions that are part of our sport sys­tem. The Cana­dian Sport Pol­icy sets a di­rec­tion for all gov­ern­ing bod­ies to make sure sport has a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lives of Cana­di­ans, our com­mu­ni­ties and our coun­try.

Through five broad ob­jec­tives, this ini­tia­tive aims to in­crease the num­ber and di­ver­sity of Cana­di­ans par­tic­i­pat­ing in sport. The ob­jec­tives in­clude: In­tro­duc­tion to sport: work­ing to en­sure Cana­di­ans have the fun­da­men­tal skills, knowl­edge and at­ti­tudes to par­tic­i­pate in or­ga­nized and un­or­ga­nized sport; Recre­ational sport: work­ing to en­sure Cana­di­ans have the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in sport for fun, health, so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and re­lax­ation; Com­pet­i­tive sport: Cana­di­ans have the op­por­tu­nity to sys­tem­at­i­cally im­prove and mea­sure their per­for­mance against oth­ers in com­pe­ti­tion in a safe and eth­i­cal man­ner; High per­for­mance sport: work­ing to en­sure Cana­di­ans are sys­tem­at­i­cally achiev­ing world-class re­sults at the high­est lev­els of in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion through fair and eth­i­cal means; and, Sport for de­vel­op­ment: in­cor­po­rat­ing sports as a tool for so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, and the pro­mo­tion of pos­i­tive val­ues at home and abroad.

The Gov­ern­ment of Canada is com­mit­ted to help­ing Cana­di­ans stay healthy. Sport strength­ens our com­mu­ni­ties and is a pow­er­ful means of en­hanc­ing the lives of Cana­di­ans of all ages, par­tic­u­larly chil­dren and youth, by en­abling them to be­come more ac­tive and healthy. Sport con­trib­utes to our sense of na­tional pride through the pur­suit of ex­cel­lence by our high per­for­mance ath­letes, es­pe­cially at the Olympic Games. Go Canada Go!

If you have any ques­tions or con­cerns re­gard­ing this or pre­vi­ous col­umns you may write me at 4945-50th Street, Cam­rose, Al­berta, T4V 1P9, call 780-608-4600, toll-free 1-800-665-4358, fax 780608-4603 or e-mail Kevin.Soren­

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