LegaciesNow pitches in for events 

In the past week the provincial 2010 LegaciesNow program has made significant contributions to communities hosting events around the province.

On Nov. 10, LegaciesNow announced "significant" financial support for the FIS Freestyle World Cup Finals at Apex Mountain, and a Freestyle Canadian Series event at Cypress Mountain in 2006. Both grants are part of the B.C. Hosting Now initiative, which was created to bring more events to the province, while giving homegrown athletes the opportunity to compete.

"This support has assisted in bringing one of the pinnacle skiing events of the season, the FIS World Cup Finals in Freestyle Skiing, to the province of British Columbia," said Canadian Freestyle Ski Association CEO Peter Judge. "This will not only be an appropriate homecoming for Canadian athletes after the Torino Games, but will mark an important beginning of the new quadrennial as the world turns its attention to Canada and B.C."

In total 12 communities across the province will share $245,000 in funding, assisting in the hosting of 17 major sporting events.

The Penticton World Cup will receive $35,000 of that money, while the Cypress event will receive $10,000.

In addition to the freestyle events, the Hosting B.C. fund will also provide $10,000 to Whistler to host the Pontiac GMC National Championships for alpine skiing from March 19-27, 2006.

Other events receiving funding include:

Canadian Age Class Long Track Speed Skating Championships in Dawson Creek – $10,000

NorAm Tour of Snowboard Champions, Big White Mountain – $10,000

NorAm Tour of Snowboard Champions, Grouse Mountain – $10,000

Vancouver Open tennis championship, West Vancouver – $20,000

Men’s and Women’s NorAm Super G, Apex Resort – $10,000

Karate National Championships, Richmond – $10,000

National Women’s U18 Hockey Championships, Salmon Arm – $10,000

2005 Canadian Cross Country Running Championships, Vancouver – $10,000

Mel Jazac Jr. International Swim Meet, Vancouver – $10,000

Hawood NorAm Canada Cup (cross country), Vernon – $10,000

Canada Cup FINA Grand Prix (diving), Victoria – $35,000

Commonwealth Game Trials/Senior National Championships (swimming) – $10,000

Applications for the next round of Hosting B.C. grants will be available in December at www.2010legaciesnow.com.

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