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Ontario’s Sport Hosting Funding Supports 2017 Canadian National Wakeboard Championship in KIng Township

Province Investing in Amateur Sports and Growing Local Economies

August 18, 2017

 

KING TOWNSHIP - The Government of Ontario is supporting the 2017 Canadian National Wakeboard Championship at Spray Lake/The Ranch Wake Park, as part of its Sport Hosting Program, to grow the local economy and promote Ontario as a world-class sport hosting destination.

 

The 2017 Canadian National Wakeboard Championship will run from August 19, 2017 through August 22, 2017 and will welcome some 100 athletes, 12 coaches, 12 officials and 40 volunteers.  This national event is projected to contribute over $536,000 to the local economy.

 

The event will also provide a number of development opportunities for athletes, coaches, and officials including:

  • A free pre-nationals training camp to encourage and assist Ontario Junior athletes to compete at the National Championships
  • A course for coaches and officials to develop wakeboard officials and coaches in Ontario

 

The Sport Hosting Program is designed to help bring major sport events to the province by funding a variety of winter and summer sports and supporting national and international competitions.

 

By supporting sport events across Ontario, the province is providing opportunities for Ontario's amateur athletes to gain the elite competition experience they need to excel on the world stage. The Sport Hosting Program also promotes tourism and provides a boost to local economies by attracting major sport events to communities.

 

Investing in the development of amateur athletes is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. 

 

QUOTES

“Hosting amateur sport events across the province gives Ontario athletes a chance to compete in front of a home crowd.  These events grow our sport culture, grow local economies and promote volunteerism. Ontario’s Sport Hosting Program is a key part of Game ON, our government’s plan for sport, and will play an important role in increasing participation in sport across our province.”

— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“The opportunity to host the 2017 Canadian National Wakeboard Championship is a significant opportunity for York Region that has been made possible with support from the Ontario Sport Hosting Program.  Although the event will run for only a few exciting days, it will have long-lasting positive impacts on athletes, visitors, local businesses and all of us in the community.”

— Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP, Oak-Ridges-Markham

 

"Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada, is grateful to the Province of Ontario for the hosting grants in support of the 2017 WWA Worlds Wakeboard Championships and the Canadian Wakeboard National Championships.  With over 100 Ontario athletes expected to train and compete at these events this summer, this provides Ontario athletes, coaches and officials with the opportunity to develop their skills and compete at the highest levels in our sport.  Tangible investment in these initiatives provides a pivotal opportunity to seed and grow towed water sports in Ontario."

—Jasmine Northcott, CEO of Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada.

 

QUICK FACTS

 

  • Ontario is supporting the 2017 Canadian National Wakeboard Championship with an investment of $18,000 through its Sport Hosting Program.
  • Since 2013, Ontario has supported 76 events through the Sport Hosting Program.  The program provides funding to help applicants deliver national and international amateur single-sport events.
  • Ontario’s Sport Hosting Program is part of Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan to help more Ontarians participate and excel in sport. Game ON recognizes the many ways organized sport can be good for people and communities, including the health and economic benefits of hosting major sport events.
  • In 2017-18, the Ontario Sport Hosting Program Intake 1 sport events are projected to contribute $15.8 million to the Gross Domestic Product.

 

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