Ottawa, Ontario – Swimming Canada announced today a multi-year partnership with Canada’s dairy farmers.

“We are excited to welcome Canada’s dairy farmers as a new partner,” said Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi. “Canada’s dairy farmers have always had a strong passion for helping Canadians. We are honoured to have them help us grow and improve Canada’s women’s and girls’ swimming community.

Their sponsorship and investment shows their commitment to that passion.”

Through their new Fuelling Women Champions program, which was launched today, Canada’s dairy farmers will focus their sponsorship efforts on supporting Swimming Canada’s women and girls’ programs, athletes and events.

As part of the Fuelling Women Champions program, Canada’s dairy farmers will provide financial and promotional support to Swimming Canada’s women’s national team athletes, and to women and girls programs and events.

“We are excited to partner with Swimming Canada and to help them in their efforts to grow the sport of swimming across Canada,” said Wally Smith, a proud Canadian dairy farmer and president of Dairy Farmers of Canada.

Several key sports partners have come on board with the Fuelling Women Champions program, including Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and Rugby Canada. In addition to supporting these sports associations, Fuelling Women Champions is also working with several of Canada’s top medal-winning female athletes, supporting them in their competitive efforts and also facilitating mentorship opportunities for them with young girls and women across the country.  As such, this program’s elite athlete ambassadors include Kaillie Humphries (bobsled), Jennifer Jones (curling), Chantal Petitclerc (wheelchair racing), Desiree Scott (soccer), and Natalie Spooner (hockey).

About Swimming Canada
Swimming Canada serves as the national governing body of competitive swimming. The federation comprises of 75,000 members and 400 swim clubs. Swimming Canada inspires Canadians through world leading performances to embrace a lifestyle of swimming, sport, fitness, and health. For more information on Swimming Canada, please visit: http://www.swimming.ca/brand/splash.html.

About Fuelling Women Champions
Fuelling Women Champions is a new national, multi-year initiative spearheaded by Canada’s dairy farmers and it is dedicated to the advancement of women in sport.  In 2015, this program’s focus will be to shine a spotlight on women in sport. Canada’s dairy farmers are personally committing their time, energy and resources to this cause, and have partnered with several thought-leaders, celebrated athletes, and sports organizations. Join our Fuelling Women Champions movement via @WomenChampions and #ChampionHer on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, and at www.womenchampions.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Nathan White
Director, Communications
Swimming Canada

Sandra Da Silva
Assistant Director, External Communications
Dairy Farmers of Canada

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