Parapan Am Games Another Big Win for Ontario
Team Canada’s Record Results Top Off Parapan Am/Pan Am Success
Athletes from Ontario and across Canada have delivered exceptional performances to crown the largest, most successful Parapan Am Games ever.
Team Canada won a record 168 medals at the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games. Ontario athletes made a major contribution to this showing, with 63 medals, and helped Canada finish second overall. This outstanding achievement capped off an incredible summer for Ontario that began with the resounding success of the Pan Am Games.
The Parapan Am Games were also a success in many other ways:
- More than 90,000 tickets were sold for the 445 events in 15 sports -- the most events ever at a Parapan Am Games. Events were held in 11 venues across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
- These were the most accessible Parapan Am Games ever, leaving a legacy of inclusion that Ontarians and visitors of all abilities will continue to benefit from.
- A record 2,600 athletes and officials from 28 countries and territories participated in the Parapan Am Games.
- This year, the Parapan Am Games were televised live in Canada for the first time, raising the profile of parasports and athletes with disabilities. More than five million Canadians tuned in to TV coverage on CBC and Radio-Canada.
- More than 1.4 million people attended Parapan Am and Pan Am celebrations at seven sites, including PANAMANIA Live at Nathan Phillips Square and Ontario's Celebration Zone. Ontario's Celebration Zone hosted more than 500 performances and presentations over 38 days, including live music and culinary showcases -- and Ontario's first accessible zip line.
- Over 23,000 volunteers welcomed visitors from around the world to the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
- Ontario showcased itself to an international audience at the Parapan Am Games, adding to the exposure it enjoyed in July through the highly successful Pan Am Games. In total, the Games are expected to create 26,000 jobs and boost Ontario's real GDP by $3.7 billion from 2009 to 2017.
The Games will leave behind a legacy that will enrich Ontario for decades. For example, work will begin in September to transform the highly successful Athletes' Village into the Canary District. It will include a range of housing options, including accessible and affordable units, and has transformed a former brownfield site into a vibrant and diverse new Toronto neighbourhood that people will move into beginning next spring. As well, the new and renovated sport and recreation venues built or upgraded for the Games will serve as sites for training and competition, home bases for national and provincial sports organizations, and world-class facilities for community and public use.
Supporting the success of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan is investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Of the 216 Parapan Am athletes and guides on Team Canada, 74 (or 34 per cent) were from Ontario.
- Team Canada won 50 gold, 63 silver and 55 bronze medals at the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games. This compares with 13 gold, 22 silver and 28 bronze at the 2011 Parapan Am Games in Guadalajara.
- Ontario athletes won 14 gold, 23 silver and 26 bronze medals for Team Canada.
- All 15 sports this year were qualifiers for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
- Quest for Gold has provided Ontario athletes and coaches with more than $90 million in support since the program began in 2006. More than $26 million was provided in 2014–15 to promote participation and excellence in sport across Ontario.
- More than 1.1 million tickets were sold in total for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
“It has been wonderful to see people from across Ontario getting behind the Parapan Am Games, helping to make them the best ever. I want to thank the athletes, guides, officials, volunteers and other participants for everything they have done to make this year’s Games such a great success story. I also want to thank the entire TO2015 team for its outstanding work to make this a summer to remember.”
“Throughout these Games, we have been inspired by the talent and determination of Parapan athletes, who showed us that there is no limit to what we can achieve. These were the largest and most accessible Parapan Games ever, and we are proud of their legacy, one that will benefit Ontarians of all abilities for generations to come.”
“There has been a tremendous investment in the preparation of our athletes in the lead-up to the Games and we have seen some positive results here in Toronto. The 2015 Organizing Committee has done a phenomenal job at creating a world-class environment on and off the competition field. We are greatly appreciative of the immense support from all levels of government, corporate partners, the CBC/Radio-Canada, volunteers and the Canadian fans. Our sights are now set on Rio and the path ahead is clear for what we need to do. The field of play will be different in Rio for these Games and we are planning accordingly.”