Newfoundland and Labrador is contributing $1.5 million toward Canadian athletes and the staging of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Photo by Joe Gibbons
Newfoundland and Labrador is contributing $1.5 million toward Canadian athletes and the staging of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
Premier Danny Williams and Tourism and Recreation Minister Clyde Jackman, announced the contribution at a press conference at Memorial University's Field House this morning. Also in attendance was John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and Olympic gold medalist Mark Nichols.
"Newfoundland and Labrador's generous commitment to the Games links the country from coast to coast to coast for a once-in-a-generation opportunity to showcase Canada's great reach and diversity," Furlong said.
Half of the money will go to the Own the Podium 2010 program, which supports Canadian athletes preparing for the Games, while the other half will help the province take advantage of showcasing opportunities at the Games.
A Newfoundland and Labrador Day will be held during the Olympic Games, with local musicians and artists participating.
See story in tomorrow's print edition of The Telegram for more details.