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Ontario Athletes' Quest for Gold

McGuinty Government Helps Ontario Athletes Excel at 2012 London Olympics

Ontario is proud to support the province's high performance athletes on Team Canada as they begin to compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

This year, 118 Ontario athletes -- and 29 Ontario coaches -- will represent Canada and inspire the nation and our province as they compete for a spot on the podium. Of 118 athletes, 90 have benefitted from Ontario's Quest for Gold program that helps athletes reach the highest level of international competition by providing access to high-performance training and competitive opportunities.

Quest for Gold recipients will be competing in more than 50 events at the upcoming London Olympics including:

  • Boxer Mary Spencer will be vying for gold in the first Olympic women's boxing event.
  • Jessica Zelinka will enter her second Olympics and compete in two events -- the gruelling heptathlon and women's 100-metre hurdles.
  • Adam Van Koeverden will be looking to add to his three Olympic medals in sprint kayak.
  • Ian Millar will make his tenth Olympic appearance and seek to bring home another medal in show jumping with his horse Star Power.
  • Karen Cockburn will look to extend her winning streak on the trampoline by earning a medal for the fourth consecutive time at the Olympic Games.

Ontarians will also have the opportunity to cheer on some of our honoured athletes when the Greater Golden Horseshoe plays host to the highly anticipated 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.

Quick Facts

  • Top Paralympic athletes from Ontario will represent Canada proudly at the 2012 London Summer Paralympic Games from August 29-September 9.
  • At the 2011 Pan/Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, 29 Ontario athletes on Team Canada helped to bring home 28 event medals - 21 of those athletes were Quest for Gold recipients.
  • Approximately 85 per cent of eligible Ontario athletes who competed in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 88 per cent of eligible Ontario athletes who competed in the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics were Quest for Gold recipients.
  • The City of Brampton will welcome approximately 1,300 of Ontario's top athletes over 55 to the Ontario 55+ Summer Games from August 14-16.
  • Toronto will host the Ontario Summer Games for the first time, welcoming nearly 2,500 of Ontario's up and coming young athletes from August 16-19.
  • Ontario will host the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games which will create more than 15,000 jobs, attract hundreds of thousands of tourists and draw more than 10,000 athletes and officials from 41 countries.

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“The McGuinty government is proud to support Ontario athletes who give everything to achieve excellence in sport. Programs like Quest for Gold support a strong provincial sport system that helps our athletes demonstrate their skill, strength and stamina in international arenas like the 2012 London Olympics. Congratulations to all our athletes as they prepare for London. Your commitment and contribution to sport give Ontarians and Canadians great reasons to be proud.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“The McGuinty government was proud to lead the bid to bring the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games to Ontario. The 'People's Games' will stimulate the economy and build much needed sport facilities for our athletes to train and compete right here at home. Our athletes will make us proud as they become champions on the world stage in London this summer and in Ontario in 2015.”

Charles Sousa

Minister responsible for the Pan/Parapan Am Games

“Quest for Gold funding helps me to stay focused on what is most important; training for excellence. I have been proud to represent Ontario and Canada since 1998. It is with financial assistance from partners, such as Quest for Gold that I can continue to compete with the best in the world with confidence.”

Brian Price

2008 Olympic Gold Medallist, 2004, 2012 Olympian (Rowing)

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