Ontario Helps Athletes Pursue Sport Excellence

    McGuinty Government Invests In Ontario Athletes

    TORONTO, April 30 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is investing in its high-performance athletes and coaches through
its Quest for Gold program.
    The $10 million investment for 2009-2010 brings the province's total
investment in the program to over $42 million since 2006.
    Benefits from Quest for Gold program include:
    -  access to high-performance coaching,
    -  enhanced competitive opportunities, and
    -  increased training opportunities.

    Quest for Gold funding benefited 69 per cent of Olympic and 86 per cent
of Paralympic athletes from Ontario who participated in the Beijing 2008
Summer Games. Quest for Gold will also provide support to many Ontario
athletes who are training to represent Canada at the Vancouver 2010 Winter
Games, and athletes who hope to represent Canada at the 2015 Pan/Parapan
American Games.
    Supporting Ontario athletes is an important part of the government's plan
to build sport in Ontario, and improve the performance and number of Ontario
athletes competing and succeeding at the national and international level.


    "The McGuinty government is committed to supporting Ontario athletes -
our role models. Our athletes' commitment to excellence inspires all of us to
lead healthy, active lives. Ontario's Quest for Gold program ensures that our
athletes have every opportunity to reach their full potential."
    - Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion

    "Thanks to Quest for Gold, we are able to focus on training and improving
our abilities, and ultimately, achieving our best at the 2010 Vancouver
    - Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirer, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Figure Skating


    - Over 8,000 Ontario athletes have benefited from the Quest for Gold

    - The Quest for Gold program will have provided over $42 million to
      support Ontario athletes and coaches by the end of 2009-2010. This
      includes an additional $2.5 million to Own the Podium, a national
      program to help Canada's winter athletes reach the podium at the 2010
      Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Vancouver.

    - Ontario also invested an additional $701,300 in the Road to Excellence
      program that helped Canada's summer athletes finish in the top 14 in
      total medal standings at the 2008 Olympic Summer Games in Beijing.

    - The Ontario government is leading the bid to host the 2015 Pan /
      Parapan American Games (http://www.toronto2015.org/en/home)
      in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region.


    Find out more about Ontario's Quest for Gold program

    Learn more about the 2009 Canada Games

    Get information about the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in
    Vancouver (http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/-/32678/q0c15c/index.html).

                                                      Disponible en français

For further information:

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

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