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Tour de Delta Awarded $50,000 Sport Canada Hosting Grant

Jun 12, 2015

Acting on behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, PC, QC, MP for Delta-Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue announced at a media conference today the awarding of a $50,000 Hosting Grant from Sport Canada to the Tour de Delta, which includes the White Spot | Delta UCI 1.2 Road Race.

“Contributions like this not only support a great community event, but also encourage athletes to pursue their dreams and inspire people to turn to sport as a key to a healthy lifestyle,” said Mayor Lois E. Jackson. “We look forward to once again welcoming tourists and athletes from local communities and around the North American Continent and the world at this year’s Tour de Delta event.”

The grant is an exceptional contribution to the overall growth of the UCI 1.2 White Spot | Delta Road Race, which was won in 2014 by Beverly, Massachusetts product Jesse Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies). Winnipeg’s Leah Kirchmann (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) won the White Spot | Delta Road Race on the women’s side for the second straight year.

“This grant acknowledges the efforts made by the community, sponsors and the Corporation of Delta in supporting the inclusion of the women's race as a 1.2 UCI event this year. We are very pleased to be working with Cycling BC and Cycling Canada to provide a training ground for coaches and officials, as it's vital that we have well trained individuals working in the sport,” noted Race Director Mark Ernsting at the media conference. “Without this grant, the future of the sport wouldn’t be as stable as it will be now with the proper leaders involved.. and it’s only getting bigger.”

Speaking of behalf of Cycling Canada President John Tolkamp, Tour de Delta Board Chair Cal Traversey explained how far funding like this can go towards inspiring young athletes to get involved in the sport.

"We continue to be impressed with the passion the community of Delta shows for developing cycling. We are also pleased that the Government of Canada recognizes this passion and again is providing significant financial support ‎to Delta and the sport of cycling.,” said Tolkamp. “This funding supports the strategic goals of developing cycling in Canada, a key priority being the women's road sector. Women's road cycling will benefit greatly from this additional support and resources from Sport Canada.”

Meanwhile, the international profile of the BC Superweek series and the Tour de Delta is growing more and more due to the support of the Government of Canada, Cycling Canada and valuable community partners.

“Having an international race as part of the BC Superweek series has really increased the attendance of international riders. It is our goal to continue to bring international calibre cycling to British Columbia, and this Sporting Grant aids in achieving that goal immensely,” Ernsting added.

BC Superweek is Canada’s biggest professional road cycling series and features more than $120,000 in prize money available during eight races over nine days. BC Superweek runs from July 10 – 18, and is made up of the Tour de Delta (July 10, 11, 12), UBC Grand Prix p/b Mahony & Sons (July 14), Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (July 15), Giro di Burnaby p/b Appia Development (July 16) and the Tour de White Rock (July 17, 18).