2015 proclaimed the Year of Sport in Canada

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Kara Lang, Bal Gosal, Shuéme, Laureen Harper & Peter Montopoli

In a ceremony held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, ON on 16 October, his Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, proclaimed 2015 the Year of Sport in Canada. The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport) and Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary and CEO of the National Organizing Committee of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM were also in attendance.

The Year of Sport in Canada is a proactive pan-Canada initiative to celebrate the role that sport plays in our country and encourage Canadians to participate in and seek the benefits of sport. During the year, sport events and other celebratory activities will highlight how sport benefits Canadians.

“In 2015, Canadians from across the country will have many opportunities to cheer on our remarkable athletes and celebrate their achievements,” said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). “With events such as the World Junior Hockey Championship, the Canada Winter Games, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM, the Pan and Parapan American Games and many others, 2015 will be a memorable year for all Canadians—an opportunity not only to attend sport events, but also to be inspired to participate in sport activities throughout the year.”

One of the high-profile international sport events that Canada will have the honour of hosting in 2015 is the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM, which will be hosted 6 June to 5 July from coast-to-coast across six official host cities.

“The FIFA Women’s World Cup is the pinnacle of women’s international football, featuring the best of the best in a 24-nation, 52-match final competition,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary and CEO of the National Organizing Committee of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM. “This is an opportunity for each Canadian to be part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience with final matches to be played in our six Canadian host cities: Vancouver, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Ottawa, Ontario; Montreal, Quebec; and Moncton, New Brunswick.”

For more information on the Year of Sport in Canada, visit: http://pch.gc.ca/sports

For more information on the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM, visit www.fifa.com/canada2015

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