Ontario celebrates its Olympic athletes

    Premier McGuinty Passes The Torch With Pan Am Bid

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ -


    Ontario's Olympic and Paralympic heroes showed off their gold, silver and
bronze hardware at Queen's Park today.
    Ontario athletes who competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic
Games were honoured at a reception hosted by the Honourable David C. Onley,
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
    The Lieutenant Governor was joined by Ontario Premier, Dalton McGuinty
and Minister of Health Promotion, Margarett Best. They congratulated the
athletes for their Olympic efforts and for inspiring Ontarians to get involved
in sport and lead healthier lives.
    Twenty-seven athletes from Ontario brought home medals from the Olympic
and Paralympic games. Most of the athletes who competed and won medals in
Beijing, received funding through the Ontario Quest for Gold
    The Ontario government is the driving force behind a campaign to hold the
2015 Pan American Games in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. Hosting the
games will allow for investments in sport facilities and infrastructure,
providing additional opportunities for amateur athletes.


    "The performance of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes in Beijing made
all Canadians proud. Not only did many of them bring medals home, they truly
personified the Olympic ideals of discipline, commitment and good
sportsmanship. I was proud to lead Canada's delegation to the Paralympic Games
in Beijing," said the Lieutenant Governor.
    "Ontario's athletes have done an excellent job of representing our
province and our country. The 2015 Pan American games will allow us to build
on that tradition, improving access to training facilities so more Ontarians
can follow their Olympic dreams," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "I want to congratulate every athlete who competed in Beijing. Each of
you demonstrated the commitment required to become the best you can be. You
are role models to Ontarians, instilling pride and encouraging healthy, active
living," said Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion.


    -  A total of 180 athletes from Ontario competed in the Beijing Olympics
       and Paralympics.

    -  The Pan American Games are held every four years for competitors from
       the 42 countries of the Americas.

    -  The Pan American Games could generate close to $2 billion in economic
       activity, create 17,000 jobs and bring an estimated 250,000 tourists
       to the Greater Golden Horseshoe.


    Full Team Canada (http://www.olympic.ca/splash.html) and the Canadian
Paralympic Team (http://www.paralympic.ca/page?a=237&lang=en-CA) results.

    Read about the 2011 Pan American Games

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