Stéphane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Persons with Disabilities, attended the final of the 25th edition of the International Gymnix today at the Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard in Montréal. Mr. Lauzon attended on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada’s Hosting Program, provided $50,000 for this event, part of a total of $150,000 for gymnastics events being held in 2015-16 that will let Canadians compete at home against the world’s best.
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- The international components of the event are the Junior Cup and Gymnix Challenge. The domestic component, the Gymnix Classic, is held at the same time and is for all national categories of gymnasts. Altogether, these events include more than 800 gymnasts.
- Gymnastics Canada received more than $1.6 million in funding in 2015-16 through Sport Canada’s Sport Support Program for sport-related programs and services for athletes.
- Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program provided more than $270,000 to 26 women gymnasts to assist with their living and training expenses from March 1, 2015, to February 29, 2016.
“As the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games draw closer, we are proud to help our Canadian high-performance athletes prepare by providing them with opportunities to face their international competitors right here in Canada. Our artistic gymnasts are sure to benefit from competing at the 25th edition of the International Gymnix. We hope that our athletes’ accomplishments will inspire a new generation to compete in sport.”
-The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
“For the past 25 years, the International Gymnix has provided a platform for Canada’s top junior athletes in women’s artistic gymnastics to measure themselves against some of the top talent in the world. The 25th edition will also see a senior component added, which will increase the number of nations participating in this great event! An event like this would not be possible without the continued support of valued partners such as the Government of Canada.”
-Peter Nicol, President/CEO, Gymnastics Canada