TORONTO, July 27, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Corporation (OLG) wishes the members of Team Canada reach their dreams
for gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games. OLG is proud to support
Ontario's athletes through the QUEST FOR GOLD program.
Started in 2006, the QUEST FOR GOLD program was created to help the
province's athletes reach their goals and realize their dreams of
competing on the world stage. Each year, $10 million in proceeds from
the QUEST FOR GOLD lottery is allocated to the Ontario Ministry of
Health Promotion and Sport to support our athletes. The money is used
by athletes to offset training costs and living expenses, provide
enhanced coaching and training, and augment competitive opportunities.
Since its inception, QUEST FOR GOLD has generated $73 million from its
sales to assist approximately 3,000 athletes. This year, of the 118
Ontario athletes competing in London, 90 have directly benefited from
financial support from the QUEST FOR GOLD program.
"The QUEST FOR GOLD lottery is an accomplishment we at OLG are proud to
share with Ontarians," said Greg McKenzie, OLG's Senior Vice President
of Lottery. "Ontario's athletes are succeeding as a direct result of
better access to training and coaching, made possible with QUEST FOR
Hilary Stellingwerff, from Sarnia, Ontario is a QUEST FOR GOLD athlete
and a member of the Canadian Track and Field team. She is representing
Canada in the 1,500 metre track race in London. "QUEST FOR GOLD funding
has been crucial in assisting my athletic pursuits and without it, I
wouldn't be able to do all that is necessary to get to a world-class
level," said Hillary. "The funding allowed me to train up to 20 hours
each week as a full-time athlete plus attend teacher's college and also
run in essential competitions. I am so grateful for the support from
QUEST FOR GOLD."
Over the next couple of weeks, while we cheer on Team Canada, Ontarians
can all feel proud of the support the QUEST FOR GOLD lottery has
provided our provincial athletes and know that OLG's efforts have
helped to bring these incredible athletes closer to achieving their
OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games
and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, Casinos, Slots, and
Resort Casinos have generated more than $34 billion for the benefit of
the Province of Ontario. Gaming proceeds support Ontario's hospitals,
amateur sport, recreational and cultural activities, communities,
provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and
local and provincial charities and non-profit organizations through the
Ontario Trillium Foundation.
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