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Statement From Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport On Celebrating Ontario Olympians and Athletes of All Ages

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Statement From Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport On Celebrating Ontario Olympians and Athletes of All Ages

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Today, Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, released the following statement in recognition of Ontario's athletes who competed in the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games and of the athletes who are preparing to compete at the London 2012 Summer Paralympic Games, as well as at the Ontario Summer and Ontario 55+ Summer Games:

"On behalf of the McGuinty government, I'd like to congratulate all athletes who competed for Canada in London -- especially those from Ontario.  Your dedication, discipline and commitment to excellence are an inspiration to all Canadians and generations of future Olympians.

In total, 27 Ontario athletes reached the podium at the 2012 London Olympics, including 24 who received support through the province's Quest for Gold program.

With Sunday's closing ceremonies marking the end of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, I now look forward to being inspired by Ontario athletes who will compete at the London 2012 Summer Paralympic Games later this month, the Ontario 55+ Summer Games from August 14th to 16th and the Ontario Summer Games, from August 16th to 19th in the Greater Toronto Area.

As part of the Ontario Games program, these Games offer athletes another opportunity to showcase their strength, determination and talent -- some of whom may be future Olympians like Crispin Duenas (Archery); Andrew Scott Dickens (Swimming); Emily Batty (Cycling), Candace Chapman, Diana Matheson or Carmelina Moscato (Soccer) who went through the Ontario Games program and went on to represent Canada in London.

Wherever you are in your 'Olympic' journey, the McGuinty government wishes you every success and encourages all Ontarians to take advantage of every chance to watch our talented athletes in action."

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