Ontario will investing $16.76 million towards Ontario athletes and sporting events, Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, announced on Friday.
Coteau was at the /National Championships in Toronto where he declared that the province would be helping athletes reach the highest levels of international competition and supporting the ongoing operation of key sporting venues.
Initiatives announced on Friday include:
- $9.76 million through Ontario’s Quest for Gold program, including $6.36 million in direct funding for 1,258 athletes and $3.4 million this year through sport organizations to enhance coaching, training and competitive opportunities for athletes and their coaches.
- $7 million toward the TORONTO 2015 Sport Legacy Fund, which is helping the long-term development of amateur sport by supporting the ongoing operation and maintenance of key legacy facilities of the Games. This includes the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, the Mattamy National Cycling Centre and the Pan Am and Parapan Am Athletics Stadium at York University.
- $15,000 for the 2016 Olympic Diving Trials and National Championships, through Ontario’s Sport Hosting Program, which is investing up to $2 million for national
and international sporting events hosted in Ontario.
Minister Coteau was also joined today by Pachi, the wildly popular porcupine mascot of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Pachi has returned as the new mascot of Games Ontario, with a new uniform and red, green and blue quills.
Celina Toth, Canadian National Diving Champion, said: “The Quest for Gold funding is tremendous news for Ontario athletes like me. Before any of us can win a medal, or qualify for an international competition, we have to put in thousands of hours of training. I am so grateful for this support because being able to train with the best athletes and coaches in the country, at the best facilities, will inspire me to reach my fullest potential.”
Ontario has tripled its support for amateur sport from $8.78 million in 2003 to more than $27 million in 2015-16.
- Ontario’s $7 million in the TORONTO 2015 Sport Legacy Fund, brings the total provincial investment in the fund to $12 million.
- Last summer, Ontario athletes, as part of Team Canada, won 109 Pan Am medals and 63 Parapan Am medals, which accounted for 45 per cent of all medals won by Team Canada. – CINEWS