The 2013 World Luge Championships in Whistler are benefiting from $100,000 in provincial government funding, announced Minister of State for Small Business Naomi Yamamoto today, on behalf of Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Bill Bennett.
Yamamoto made the announcement amid the fanfare and excitement of the Parade of Nations and official Opening Ceremonies in Whistler.
The championships are scheduled to take place this Friday and Saturday - Feb. 1 and 2 - at the Whistler Sliding Centre. More than 150 of the best lugers in the world, representing at least 23 countries, have gathered in Whistler for the elite competition, which will features men's and women's singles, doubles and team relay races.
The event also is a community celebration, featuring nightly entertainment and fireworks.
Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Small Business and MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale -
"We are proud to support this important championship event and to welcome the world to Whistler. It is truly an honour to host the world's best lugers. Events like this are community celebrations that attract visitors and generate positive economic and social impacts-a winning combination for everyone."
Tim Farstad, executive director, Luge Canada -
"The support of our partners, including the B.C. government, provides us with the opportunity to host this prestigious international event, allowing Canadian athletes to compete with other top-level, world-class athletes at home. This is always important, but it is particularly so as we look forward to the Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2014."
- Races will be streamed live on the Canadian Luge Association's website at: www.luge.ca
- Tickets for the event are $10 each, available at: www.whistler.com
Canadian Luge Association: http://www.luge.ca/en/
Whistler Sliding Centre: http://www.whistlerslidingcentre.com
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development