Ontario Athletes Part of Largest Ever Canadian Pan Am Games Team
Team Canada Athletes Ready to Win Big
Ontario is proud to host the largest international multi-sport event ever on Canadian soil, giving our Team Canada athletes the home court and home crowd advantage as they reach for gold.
Today, the largest contingent of Team Canada athletes to compete at a Pan Am Games will be announced. In total, 274 Ontario athletes and 27 Ontario coaches will inspire the nation, as they compete for Pan Am gold. Thirty-seven percent of athletes on Team Canada are from Ontario.
Several events will be Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers, setting the stage for fierce competition among some of the world's best athletes. Ontarians and visitors from near and far will cheer for their Canadian favourites in a strong show of support for the years of dedication, hard work and sacrifices that Team Canada athletes have made to make our province and the nation proud.
Some of the province's top talent on display at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games will include:
- Rosie MacLennan (King City), 2012 Olympic gold medalist & defending Pan Am Games gold medalist, Karen Cockburn (Stouffville) - three time Olympic medalist and Jason Burnett (Nobleton) 2008 Olympic silver medalist for gymnastics - trampoline.
- Two-time Olympian Crispin Duenas (Scarborough), winner of individual silver medal at Guadalajara 2011 Pan Am Games for archery.
- Michelle Li (Markham) - 2011 Pan Am Games gold medalist, Rachel Honderich (Toronto) - 2014 Pan American Championships silver medalist, Alexandra Bruce (Toronto) 2011 Pan Am Games gold medalist (doubles) for badminton.
- Four-Time Olympic medalist Adam van Koeverden (Oakville) and Olympic bronze medalist Mark Oldershaw (Burlington) for canoe/ kayak (sprint).
- Ten-time Olympian Ian Millar (Perth) and Jessica Phoenix (Cannington) 2011 Pan American Games gold medalist for equestrian
- London 2012 Olympians Melanie McCann (Mount Carmel) and Donna Vakalis (Toronto) for modern pentathlon competition
- Ashley Kraayeveld (Mississauga) - 2014 Pan Am Championships gold medalist and Tyler Muscat (Burlington) 2014 Pan Am Championships bronze medalist for taekwondo.
- 2014 World Champion for bowling Dan MacLelland (Windsor).
- Two-time Pan Am Games athlete, and seven-time Pan Am Games medalist, Whitney McClintock (Cambridge) and two-time Pan Am Games medalist, Jason McClintock (Cambridge) for water ski and wakeboard.
- Korey Jarvis (Elliot Lake) 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist and Tamerlan Tagziev (Toronto) - 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist and 2013 Pan Am Championships silver medalist and Braxton Stone-Papadopoulos (Pickering) - 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and Jevon Balfour (Brampton) - 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist for wrestling.
Ontario supports its athletes year round with direct financial assistance through the Quest for Gold program. Ontario also assists provincial and local sport organizations to ensure that high performance athletes have the tools they need to succeed at the highest levels of competition, including the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
Investing in the development of our amateur athletes and providing them with more opportunities to succeed supports the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- More than 700 athletes will represent Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games from July 10 to July 26, 2015.
- In 2014-15, over $26 million was provided to promote participation and excellence in sport across Ontario.
- Ontario has almost tripled its support for amateur sport from $8.78 million in 2003 to more than $24 million in 2013-14.
- Quest for Gold has provided Ontario athletes and coaches with more than $90 million in support since the program began in 2006.
- The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games will showcase Ontario to an estimated audience of 250,000 visitors and 10,000 athletes and officials from around the world.
- The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games.
“I want to congratulate all the Ontario athletes and coaches representing our country at the 2015 Games. Ontario’s pride will be on full display as we cheer on our Team Canada athletes at Canada’s largest multi-sport event ever. These world-class athletes have dedicated their lives to become the best of the best, and their skill, determination and drive over the next few weeks will inspire us all. Good luck to our athletes and go Team Canada!”
“I’d like to congratulate the strong contingent of Ontario athletes, coaches and managers representing Team Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games. Your skill, ambition and dedication to sport are an inspiration to all of us. Hosting the Games will bring tremendous benefits to everyone in Ontario and will leave a lasting legacy across the province.”
“The momentum is building with just under forty-eight hours to go before the historic Opening Ceremony of the XVII Pan American Games. I want to congratulate each and every one of our 720 athletes who have earned their place on Canada’s largest delegation ever at a multi-sport Games. They receive terrific support from our country and are fueled by pride. Our athletes will march into the Opening Ceremony with the maple leaf emblazoned on their uniforms, and on their hearts.”