Ontario Welcomes the 2016 World Junior Girls Golf Championships
Province Investing $75,000 to Support Girls in Sport
Ontario is investing $75,000 through its Sport Hosting Program to support the 2016 World Junior Girls Golf Championships in Mississauga, promoting athlete and sport development and benefitting the local economy.
The five-day event, which runs September 25-30, welcomes the world's top female junior golfers under the age of 18. Two teams of three athletes will compete for Canada at the Mississauga Golf & Country Club. The three Ontario athletes participating in the event are:
- 16-year-old Chloe Currie from Mississauga
- 15-year-old Monet Chun from Richmond Hill
- 15-year-old Isabella Portokalis from London
Hosting national and international amateur sport events gives more Ontario athletes high-level competition experience, increases local interest in sport and volunteerism and offers communities the opportunity to welcome visitors. This funding supports operational costs such as equipment purchases, officials' fees, accommodations, event marketing and other host responsibilities.
Ontario's Sport Hosting Program is part of Game ON - The Ontario Government's Sport Plan to help more Ontarians participate and excel in sport. Game ON recognizes the many ways organized sport can be good for people and communities, including the health and economic benefits of hosting major sporting events.
Investing in sport is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- In 2016-17 Ontario’s Sport Hosting Program will invest up to $3 million in sporting events across the province.
- The program has supported 12 events throughout the province so far this year.
- Since 2006, Ontario has supported 55 events, with total funding of more than $13 million through the Sport Hosting Program.
- Sport tourism is a $5.2 billion segment of the Canadian tourism industry.
“I’m very proud that our government is supporting and providing funding for the 2016 World Junior Girls Golf Championships, an event that will welcome the world’s top female junior athletes. Ontario recognizes the importance of promoting women and girls in sport; closing the gender gap in sport participation is a top priority of Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan. Through Ontario’s Sport Hosting Program, our government is also helping communities across the province to host events, sparking economic activity and leaving legacies for years to come.”
“We welcome the athletes, volunteers and fans at the 2016 World Junior Girls Golf Championships. These games showcase our vibrant community and wonderful club facilities, as well as generate increased tourism to support local businesses, while helping promote women athletes and girls in sport.”
“Golf Canada is excited to once again conduct the World Junior Girls Golf Championship with the proud support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. It is an honour not only to promote golf through the competition and our Canadian teams, but to also showcase the province of Ontario and all that the wonderful city of Mississauga has to offer. We look forward to welcoming the players from around the globe and sharing in our passion for our sport.”