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Published on : Monday, August 22, 2016
Ontario Olympians contributed to 15 of Team Canada’s total 22 medals, including four gold, two silver and nine bronze. More than half of Ontario athletes in Rio also competed in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games and had the benefit of experiencing competition in a high-pressure international multi-sport event. The Rio Olympics are one example of how the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games legacy is translating into outstanding performances on the global stage.
Some of the Ontario athletes who made a mark for Team Canada on and off the podium include:
Derek Drouin – the Sarnia high jumper’s gold medal finish now makes him the reigning world and Olympic champion, having secured the first title in Beijing last year.
Ontario supports its athletes year-round with direct financial assistance through programs like Quest for Gold. The 141 Ontario athletes on Team Canada’s 313-member contingent included 119 who received funding from the province’s Quest for Gold program, which provides over $6 million annually in direct athlete assistance. Supporting the development of sport and athletes is part of Game ON 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 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.
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