Kevin Sorenson Reports
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!
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