Province’s Athletes Ready to Shine on the National Stage
Some 450 athletes, coaches, managers, support staff, technicians and mission staff from across Ontario are set to represent the province at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba.Competing at the Canada Summer Games allows Ontario’s athletes to gain the elite competition experience that they need to excel on the world stage. More than 4,000 athletes from all of Canada’s provinces and territories will compete in 16 sports at this year’s Games, which take place from July 28th to August 13th, 2017.
Ontario’s year-round support for its high performance amateur athletes is part of Game ON: The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan. A key priority of Game ON is our Quest for Gold support for athletes, which provides direct funding to high performance athletes to help with the costs of living, training, sports equipment, coaching and travel to competitions. 105 athletes competing at this year’s Canada Summer Games are receiving Quest for Gold funding.
Investing in the development of athletes is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games, this country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes.
- Ontario placed first at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec, with 213 medals – 95 Gold, 69 Silver and 49 Bronze.
- For 2016-17, 1,255 Ontario amateur athletes will receive $6.36 million in direct funding from Quest for Gold.
- Through the Games Ontario Program, Ontario delivers five multi-sport events including the Ontario Winter and Summer Games for youth. These Games provide athletes with competitive experience and are part of their pathway to Team Ontario at the Canada Games.
“Good luck to all of the Ontario athletes and coaches representing our province at the 2017 Canada Summer Games. These athletes are fantastic role models who, through their skill and dedication, inspire others to participate in sport and live healthy and active lives. Our government is proud to support amateur sport with financial support, training and development opportunities and with our world-class training facilities. I look forward to cheering on our athletes as they go for gold in Winnipeg!” — Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport