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York Region Athletes Go for Gold in Rio

Local Athletes Ready to Represent Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

RICHMOND HILL – As York Region MPPs and proud Canadian citizens, Michael Chan, Steven Del Duca, Dr. Helena Jaczek, Reza Moridi and Chris Ballard are excited to support a strong contingent of athletes competing for Canada at the XXXI Olympic Summer Games, which started Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This year, of the 313 athletes that will compete at the games with Team Canada, 141 hail from Ontario. Some of the York Region athletes on Team Canada include:

  • Andre De Grasse, Phylicia George, Michelle Li and Maxime Brink-Croteau from Markham
  • Bolade Ajomale, Josh Binstock and Sam Schacther from Richmond Hill
  • Belinda Trussell from Stouffville
  • Rosie MacLennan from King City

For a daily snapshot of Team Canada’s medal count visit the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport website, updated daily at 10:00 am.

Supporting the development of sport and athletes is part of Game ON - The Ontario Government's Sport Plan to help more Ontarians participate and excel in sport.

Last summer’s TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games were an important springboard for many of the Team Canada athletes competing in Rio.  Athletes gained unique experience at a high-pressure international multi-sport competition, and achieved a top-two finish for Canada and a record medal count, with Ontario athletes contributing to close to half.

As well, 25 new or renovated sports facilities — such as the Markham Pan Am Centre, Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and the York University Stadium — are long-lasting legacies of the 2015 Games, serving the local community and providing important training facilities for high-performance athletes.

QUOTES

“Ontario's athletes have been performing exceedingly well on the national and international stages; I am proud of our government's commitment to support them. The residents of Richmond Hill celebrate our athletes for their strength and dedication, and we continue to look forward to watching them compete with the best in the world.”

— Reza Moridi, M.P.P., Richmond Hill

“Markham’s talented world-class athletes are an important part of Team Canada and I am honoured to say how proud we are of them. They are outstanding role models and hometown champions who inspire us all.  We wish them the very best of luck as they showcase our community and compete at the XXXI Olympic Summer Games.”

— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

“The Olympic Games celebrate and showcase incredibly talented athletes from across Canada who have dedicated themselves to pursuing their personal best while competing on an international stage.  We support them and wish them great success as they reach for Gold.”

— Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan

“I would like to offer my congratulations to all of the Olympians from York Region for representing Team Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics.  The Olympics are a great way for the world to come together to foster sportsmanship and unity.  Well done Team Canada, you continue to amaze and inspire our entire country.”

Chris Ballard, M.P.P., Newmarket-Aurora

“I am so proud of our Canadian Olympic Team and especially our local York Region athletes, coaches and officials.  Congratulations on representing Canada and our community; your hard work, effort and dedication is an inspiration to everyone.”

— Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P., Oak Ridges-Markham

“It’s a tremendous honour to have Ontario athletes and coaches on Team Canada at the Olympic Games. Their dedication and commitment to sport is an inspiration to those of us watching at home. Ontario supports athletes through programs like Quest for Gold, which encourages recipients to pursue their personal bests and place on international stages. I know that I will be joined by Ontarians all across the province in cheering on our athletes in Rio!”

— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“Team Canada is strong because it is made up so many talented athletes from across our country, including Ontario’s best. Congratulations to all of Ontario’s Team Canada athletes, you have made your province proud.”

— Tricia Smith, President, Canadian Olympic Committee

QUICK FACTS

  • From August 5 - 21, 2016, 10,500 Olympians from more than 205 countries will compete in 42 sports at the XXXI Olympic Summer Games.
  • Since 2006, Quest for Gold has provided Ontario athletes and coaches with approximately $100 million in support.
  • Of the 141 Ontario athletes headed to Rio with Team Canada, 119 receive Quest for Gold funding. Overall, Quest for Gold funding is supporting 1,326 athletes in 2015-16.
  • Ontario has tripled its support for amateur sport from $8.78 million in 2003 to more than $27 million in 2015-16.

LEARN MORE

Ontario Athletes on Team Canada

Ontario’s Quest for Gold program

XXXI Olympic Summer Games

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