2015 PROCLAIMED YEAR OF SPORT IN CANADA

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Canada Basketball set to participate in high-profile events

(TORONTO, ON) – Canada Basketball is proud to celebrate the Year of Sport in 2015, that was proclaimed by the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston and The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), in a ceremony on Parliament Hill last Thursday, October 16.

The Year of Sport is a proactive Canadian initiative implemented to celebrate sport in Canada and the role it plays in enhancing the lives of Canadians. During the year, sport events and other celebratory activities will highlight how sport benefits Canadians.

Michele O’Keefe, Executive Director of Canada Basketball, believes that 2015 as the Year of Sport in Canada is a defining moment in this country’s future contribution to sports on the international level.

“We are very excited about next year, and are delighted that Canada Basketball will play a part in showcasing the exceptional ability of our athletes,” said O’Keefe. “This is a great step-forward in solidifying Canada as a competitive country on the world’s sport stage and we will be ready.”

Among Canada Basketball’s 2015 events, Edmonton will have the honour of hosting the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship for Women from August 9-16, that will determine who qualifies directly to the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.

Canada Basketball will also participate in the 2015 Pan Am games in Toronto and will work with provincial and territorial partners to deliver other domestic events including the FIBA 3×3 Canada Quest in Edmonton, Toronto and Winnipeg, along with the U15/U17 National Championships in Nova Scotia and Alberta.

For more information regarding the Year of Sport in Canada, visit:
http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1412868764465

 About Canada Basketball:

Canada Basketball is a private, not-for-profit corporation committed to excellence in leading the growth of the game domestically and in pursuing medal performances on the international stage.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Drew Ebanks

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