Harper Government Supports Women’s Ski Jumping

CALGARY, February 23, 2012 - The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today announced the Government of Canada’s support for Ski Jumping Canada through Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program.

“Our Government is pleased to announce a Ski Jumping discipline first: funding for Ski Jumping Canada in support of our women ski jumpers,” said Minister of State Gosal. “This funding will ensure our women ski jumpers will be ready for the debut of the women’s ski jump event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. We look forward to cheering on our women’s team, and remain committed to promoting the participation of women and girls in sport.”

“Ski Jumping Canada has been working hard for many years to develop our athletes to a level at which they can be competitive with the best ski jumpers in the world,” said Brent Morrice, Chair of Ski Jumping Canada. “With the support from Sport Canada, OTP, and Winsport, we have been given the opportunity to compete, and now, as a National Sport Organization, our mandate will be to use this funding to gain podium results.”

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to podium. A contribution of $72,000 was provided to Ski Jumping Canada for 2011–12 through Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program. This funding will provide support to the women’s ski jumping program in the areas of administration, operations and programming, and official languages.