FREDERICTON (GNB) – Eighty high-performance athletes from New Brunswick are receiving financial support from the provincial government in co-operation with the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic under the New Brunswick Athlete Assistance Program.

"This funding will support New Brunswick's athletes in their training and competitive efforts as they strive to reach their full potential," said Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living Minister Trevor Holder. "We are pleased to provide this financial assistance, which will support our athletes' training and competitive efforts in their respective disciplines."

Funding totalling $156,500 has been granted to many of New Brunswick's best amateur athletes. Recipients are required to compete in a sports discipline recognized in major competitions such as the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and world championships. The grants for individual athletes range from $500 to $6,000.

"Athletes from our province face many challenges," said Holder. "We have an opportunity to ensure that our funding levels are on par with those of other provinces. This investment will help them take part in more events, where they can develop their skills as athletes, set positive standards for New Brunswick's athletes, and become role models for healthy and active lifestyles."

Each grant application is assessed by an evaluation committee made up of representatives from the Department of Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living and the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic.

The provincial government's goal is to have 55 New Brunswick athletes – eight more than at present – join national programs by 2014-15. The next application deadline is Nov. 5.


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