SNC Applauds Feds for Renewing Support of OTP

Swimming Canada applauds the Government of Canada for its renewed financial support to Own the Podium (OTP) post 2010 Olympic Games. The Federal government’s commitment, to Own the Podium now totals $69 million annually.
For summer sport, the government of Canada’s support is set at $36 million a year which will be invested to athletes preparing for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“Own the podium funding has allowed us to build a strong support system for our athletes in their quest for podium finishes at the international level,” said CEO and National Coach for Swimming Canada, Pierre Lafontaine. 
“What we have learned from the 2010 Olympics is that investing in our sport system does produce great results.  With the right tools in hand, our athletes and coaches now believe that they can own the podium in 2012 and beyond.  Our winning attitude was reflected on the nation as they took pride in the performances of our Canadian athletes.”
OTP funding contributes to forty-three percent of Swimming Canada’s overall budget and is geared towards high performance initiatives for Olympic and Paralympic level athletes.
“Creating an environment of success means access to the best technologies, training and competition opportunities as we prepare for the London 2012 Games,” said World Record holder Annamay Pierse.  
“Having a nation supporting your dreams is powerful.  It reminds me everyday that I can believe in myself and by keeping my focus on being the best will get me on that podium.” 
Pierse finished 6th in the 200 breaststroke in Beijing and grabbed silver at the 2009 World Championships.  To this day, Pierse’s World Record time during the semi-finals at Worlds still stand.
In 875 days, Canadian Swimmers standing on the blocks in London, ready to take on the World.  In the meantime, they will compete against the World’s best at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships, 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2010 & 2011 World Championships.
In addition, the Government of Canada has renewed its financial support to active living, sport development and sports infrastructures.
“This renewed investment is great step towards creating a better lifestyle for future generations,” added Lafontaine.