McGuinty Government Invests $1.2 Million In High-Performance Athletes

    Funds Will Provide Enhanced Performance Support For Athletes

    TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is providing
$1.2 million to the Canadian Sport Centre-Ontario for a performance
enhancement program that will provide Ontario's high-performance athletes with
increased access to sport science and medicine services, Health Promotion
Minister Jim Watson announced today at the opening of the Centre's new sport
science facility.
    "The Ontario government is committed to providing our high-performance
athletes with the network of support that offers them leadership and sport
science expertise to enhance their performance," said Watson. "Amateur
athletes who reach the podium put the importance of active, healthy living in
the spotlight and are an inspiration to all Ontarians."
    This funding is in addition to $538,000 provided to the Canadian Sport
Centre-Ontario (CSCO) last year through the Quest for Gold Program for
enhanced coaching initiatives.
    The CSCO's Performance Enhancement Program is a high-performance support
program that includes the Centre's new sport science facility, located in
Toronto, and the development of four Performance Enhancement Teams. Each team
consists of two sport science professionals and a coach from up to three
sports working collaboratively. A total of 11 sports are targeted with this
    The funds will also help develop Ontario Sport Review Panels to assist
Provincial Sport Organizations (PSO) evaluate and improve their
high-performance programs, provide funds to implement the Long-Term Athlete
Development model and support web-conferencing services to deliver National
Coaching Institute training classes across the province.
    "With this investment in essential support services for our
high-performance athletes, the Ontario government is providing an important
building block for athlete development," said Doug Hamilton, Chair of the
Canada Sport Centre-Ontario. "Sport science services can make the difference
between an athlete finishing on or off the podium."
    The McGuinty government will be honouring the outstanding performances of
Ontario's athletes at the Ontario Sport Awards tonight in Toronto.

    The Ministry of Health Promotion was established to improve and deliver
programs that contribute to healthy living and wellness in Ontario. Key
priority areas include Ontario's smoke-free strategy, healthy eating, active
living, injury prevention and mental health promotion.

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For further information:

For further information: Adam Grachnik, Minister's Office, (416)
326-8497; Julie Rosenberg, Communications Branch, (416) 326-4833

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