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Canadian Athletes Celebrate Federal Government’s Continued Commitment to Driving Podium Performances

OTTAWA - Canada’s sporting heroes remain hungry to deliver a return on the Government of Canada’s continued investment in high-performance sport following Thursday’s budget announcement that ensured the Harper Government’s ongoing commitment to driving podium performances, and ultimately, a healthier country.

OTTAWA—Canada’s sporting heroes remain hungry to deliver a return on the Government of Canada’s continued investment in high-performance sport following Thursday’s budget announcement that ensured the Harper Government’s ongoing commitment to driving podium performances, and ultimately, a healthier country.
 
“The Government of Canada continues to lead the way in creating a new culture for winning, which Canada’s athletes and coaches fully support,” said Anne Merklinger, chief executive officer, Own the Podium. “This commitment reinforces the Canadian Government’s leadership in delivering the resources athletes need to climb onto the podium at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and other major international competitions.”
 
Own the Podium, which has been a driving force behind Canada’s continued evolution to a world-leading sport nation, is funded extensively by the Government of Canada, in addition to partner funding invested by the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee. Originally launched in 2005, Own the Podium is an independent national technical agency designed to provide medal potential athletes with additional resources and high- performance programming to help them achieve podium success.
 
Since coming to office, the Harper Government has ensured that Canadian athletes are provided with the support they need to reach the podium at every opportunity possible – be it through a record investment in high performance sport, direct support to athletes and national sport organizations, or through hosting of major international sporting events.
 
“Canadians love hearing our national anthem and seeing the Canadian flag raised above the podium,” said Merklinger, CEO. “Thanks to the leadership of the Government of Canada, the country’s winter-sport athletes will have the largest financial backing ever heading into the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Our primary goal over the next year is to ensure all medal-targeted national sport organizations, and athletes, have complete access to the technical and financial resources they require to be fully prepared to achieve Canada’s performance goals, and in turn, give the country more opportunities to see its flag raised above the podiums in Sochi.”
 
Less than one year removed from the 2014 Games, Canadian athletes are on track to reach their goal of contending for number-one in the overall Olympic medal count. Canada currently sits tied for second with Germany in the overall ranking for total World Championship medals behind Norway.
 
“Canada's bobsleigh program could not have achieved what we did without the tremendous financial support from the Government of Canada’s investment in Own the Podium,” said reigning Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries, who won six gold, one silver and one bronze medal with brakemen Chelsea Valois on bobsleigh tracks around the globe in addition to winning her second straight World Championship crown – making them the first Canadian women’s sled to win the overall World Cup bobsleigh title. 
 
“From camp funding and staff support, to the research, testing and innovation, OTP funding ensures we have the optimal conditions to excel.”
 
Canada’s Paralympic athletes are also on track to achieving their performance goals. Canada currently sits sixth in the gold medal count of the IPC World Championship standings – just two shy of the third-place target.
 
“Before our program had access to Government funding through OTP, we were amateurs guessing our way through the results while competing in high performance sport,” said Mark Arendz, a Paralympian who recently won his first IPC Biathlon World Championship title. “OTP is responsible for growing the program by developing young athletes like myself, and also increasing the level of our team to where we now have every athlete <on our Para-Nordic World Cup Team> hitting the start line with a focus on winning.”
 
Through the support led by the Government of Canada, along with the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee, nearly $25 million will be invested this fiscal year in supporting Canadian athletes’ pursuit of the Olympic and Paralympic podiums through Own the Podium. National sport organizations will also have accessed $10 million more this quadrennial compared to the four years leading into Vancouver 2010.
 
About Own the Podium
Own the Podium, a not-for-profit organization, prioritizes and determines investment strategies to national sport organizations in an effort to deliver more Olympic and Paralympic medals for Canada. Own the Podium's largest contributor of funding is the Government of Canada with additional funding provided by the Canadian Olympic Committee and its Canadian Olympic Foundation, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, along with the corporate community.
 
A national sport technical agency, Own the Podium was created in 2005 to help Canada become the number one nation at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and to place in the top-three nations in the gold medal count at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Canada remains committed to being a world-leading winter sport nation. Own the Podium has set a goal for Canadian athletes to contend for number one in the overall medal count at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and to be in the top-three nations in the gold medal count at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Both of these initiatives reflect what Canadians want from Canada's high-performance athletes and helps advance the "excellence" goal of the Canadian Sport Policy. 
 
For a full summary of Own the Podium initiatives and programs, including a breakdown of support and services by sport, please visit us at www.ownthepodium.org on the Internet.
 
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Chris Dornan                               
Own the Podium                         
T: 281-703-4394
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