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Barrie Athletes Go for Gold in Rio

Local Athletes Represent Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

As MPP for Barrie and a proud Canadian, Ann Hoggarth is excited to support a strong contingent of athletes competing for Canada at the XXXI Olympic Summer Games, which are underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This year, of the 313 athletes that will compete at the games with Team Canada, 141 hail from Ontario. The Barrie athletes on Team Canada are:

  • Jasmine Mian in wrestling
  • Megan Lukan in women’s rugby

Supporting the development of sport and athletes is part of Game ON - The Ontario Government's Sport Plan to help more Ontarians participate and excel in sport.

Last summer’s TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games were an important springboard for many of the Team Canada athletes competing in Rio. Athletes gained unique experience at a high-pressure international multi-sport competition, and achieved a top-two finish for Canada and a record medal count, with Ontario athletes contributing to close to half. As well, 25 new or renovated sports facilities — such as the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and the York University Stadium — are long-lasting legacies of the 2015 Games, serving the local community and providing important training facilities for high-performance athletes.

QUOTES

"Barrie is extremely proud of our local athletes heading to the XXXI Olympic Summer Games. They are a great source of pride for our community and we wish them all the best of luck in Rio. We are also grateful for the support many of our athletes receive from Ontario’s Quest for Gold Program, which is helping high-performance athletes pursue their personal best and place on international podiums."

— Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie

"It’s a tremendous honour to have Ontario athletes and coaches on Team Canada at the Olympic Games. Their dedication and commitment to sport is an inspiration to those of us watching at home. Ontario supports athletes through programs like Quest for Gold, which encourages recipients to pursue their personal bests and place on international stages. I know that I will be joined by Ontarians all across the province in cheering on our athletes in Rio!"

— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

QUICK FACTS

  • Since 2006, Quest for Gold has provided Ontario athletes and coaches with approximately $100 million in support.
  • Of the 141 Ontario athletes headed to Rio with Team Canada, 119 receive Quest for Gold funding. Overall, Quest for Gold funding is supporting 1,326 athletes in 2015-16.
  • Ontario has tripled its support for amateur sport from $8.78 million in 2003 to more than $27 million in 2015-16.

LEARN MORE

Ontario Athletes on Team Canada

Ontario’s Quest for Gold program

XXXI Olympic Summer Games

 

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