Ontario Paralympians Quest for Gold in London
McGuinty Government Helps Ontario Athletes Excel at 2012 Paralympic Games
Ontario is proud to support the province's Paralympic athletes on Team Canada as they begin to compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Of the 43 Ontario athletes competing, 37 have benefited from Ontario's Quest for Gold program that helps Ontario's Paralympians 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 London Summer Games including:
- Middle distance runner Jason Dunkerley will be hitting the track in pursuit of a fourth Paralympic medal at his fourth consecutive Games.
- Six-time Paralympian Tracey Ferguson will be looking to lead the women's wheelchair basketball team to gold -- making her a four time Paralympic medalist.
- Swimmer Summer Mortimer will make her Paralympic debut.
- In her second Paralympic appearance, Victoria Nolan will be looking to row to her first medal in London.
- Wheelchair rugby player David Wilsie will be looking to complete his Paralympic medal collection with a gold in his third Paralympic appearance.
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.
- Quest for Gold also provided support for all four athlete support personnel.
- At the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, 10 Quest for Gold recipients reached the podium.
- At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, 24 Ontario athletes on Team Canada of received support through Quest for Gold.
- Over 75 per cent of eligible Ontario athletes who competed in the 2012 London Olympics were Quest for Gold recipients.
- At the 2011 Pan/Parapan American Games in Gudalajara, 29 Ontario athletes on Team Canada helped to bring home 28 event medals - 21 of those athletes were Quest for Gold recipients.
- 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.
“The McGuinty government is proud to support Ontario's Paralympic athletes at the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games in London. The games will showcase the dedication, commitment and athletic excellence of our paralympians in their drive to reach the highest levels in sport. Ontarians can expect some truly outstanding competition at these games. Good luck to all of our Paralympians. You inspire all of us in so many ways.”
“As we watch Canada's top athletes compete on the global stage at London 2012, we can't wait to see them compete right here at home during the 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games. The McGuinty government led the bid to host the 'People's Games' in Ontario, which will benefit our athletes, our communities and our economy.”
“It is an honour to represent Canada at my second Paralympic Games - and the support I have received through Quest for Gold has helped me to get here. The support of the Ontario government has improved my access to better coaching and training and enabled me to focus on being the best I can be.”