Ontario Athletes Set to Amaze at the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games
Team Canada Athletes Ready to Win Big
After a successful Pan Am Games, Ontario is ready to host the largest Parapan Am Games ever, giving our athletes the home court and home crowd advantage as they compete for gold.
In total, 72 Ontario athletes and two Ontario guides are part of a team of 205 athletes and 11 coaches representing Canada.
Some of the province's top talent on display at the Parapan Am Games will include:
- Adam Dukovich (London), gold medalist at Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games - singles BC2 open and Tammy McLeod (Strathroy) a member of the boccia team
- Robbi Weldon (Thunder Bay), gold medalist in cycling (road race) with pilot Lynn Bessette at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and four-time gold medalist in cycling (road race, time trial and individual pursuit) at the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games also with Lynn Bessette
- Patrice Dagenais (Ottawa), Jason Crone (Owen Sound), David Willsie (Dorchester), Cody Caldwell (Cavan) and Mike Whitehead (Windsor), members of the silver medal winning mixed wheelchair rugby team at the London 2012 Paralympics
- Adam Lancia (Scarborough), Abdi Dini (Scarborough) and Tyler Miller (Kitchener), members of the gold medal winning London 2012 Paralympics wheelchair basketball men's team
- Katie Harnock (Elmira), Darda Sales (London), Tracey Ferguson (Richmond Hill) and Melanie Hawtin (Oakville), members of the women's silver medal winning wheelchair basketball team at the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan Am Games.
The TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games will set a record for hosting the most sports in the history of the Games, including archery, athletics, boccia, cycling (road and track), football 5-a-side, football 7-a-side, goalball, judo, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis. All events will be Rio 2016 Paralympic Games qualifiers, setting the stage for fierce competition among some of the world's best athletes.
Ontario supports its athletes year round with direct financial assistance through the Quest for Gold program. Ontario also assists provincial sport organizations to ensure that high performance athletes have the tools they need to succeed at the highest levels of competition, including the 2015 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, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games will be the fifth edition of the Games and will feature over 1,600 para-athletes from 28 countries competing in 15 sports
- 63 Ontario athletes and guides who will compete at TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games have benefited from Ontario's Quest for Gold program
- The TORONTO 2015 Games are showcasing Ontario as a premier sporting destination, attracting 10,000 athletes and officials, 250,000 visitors, constructing accessible world-class sport infrastructure with 10 new and 15 upgraded facilities, creating 26,000 jobs, and generating $3.7 billion in GDP
- The TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games will be the most accessible Parapan Am Games ever.
“I want to congratulate all of Ontario’s incredible athletes and coaches who will be representing our country at the TORONTO 2015 Parapan American Games! After a successful and thrilling Pan Am Games, Ontario is ready to cheer on our Team Canada athletes at the most accessible Parapan Am Games ever. These athletes have dedicated their lives to become the best of the best, they have overcome unbelievable obstacles, and their determination and talent are an inspiration to us all. Good luck to all the participants and go Team Canada!”
“Ontario's athletes are a testament to perseverance, hard work and belief in one's own abilities. They are an inspiration to us all. I’d like to congratulate Ontario athletes, coaches and managers representing Team Canada at the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games. Our government is pleased to support our para-athletes as they pursue excellence at national and international sporting competitions. Hosting the Games will bring tremendous benefits to everyone in Ontario and will leave a lasting legacy across the province.”
“It’s quite exciting to see all our Canadian athletes arrive in Toronto and unite as one big Team Canada. Our team is ready to compete and make Canadians proud through strong performances. These Games are a critical milestone for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games for all the participating countries. We are extremely grateful for the support and leadership in making these Games a success and we are looking forward to seeing sold out crowds cheering on our athletes.”