Ontario Winter Games Showcases Young Athletes

    McGuinty Government Invests In Excellence And Competition

    COLLINGWOOD, ON, March 5 /CNW/ - The 2008 Ontario Winter Games, March
6-9, will feature competitions in 23 sports, including diving, badminton, ice
hockey, fencing and gymnastics.
    Held every two years, <a href="http://www.owg2008.ca/">the event</a> brings together athletes, officials,
supporters and volunteers. This year, that number includes more than 4,000.
    This year's Winter Games, the 17th edition, will be hosted in communities
throughout the Southern Georgian Bay region. New in 2008 is an extra day of
training and competition for some sports.
    The Winter Games helps the province's amateur athletes hone their skills
for future national and international events, including the 2010 Olympics.


    "Ontario's amateur athletes are role models. They inspire Ontarians to be
healthy and active every day," said Margarett Best, Ontario Minister of Health
Promotion. "This incredible event showcases great competition, performance and
tremendous community spirit."
    "We are ready to welcome the province to the Southern Georgian Bay
region," said Peter Dunbar, Chair of the Games Organizing Committee. "The
participating communities and 1,000 passionate volunteers are committed to
making the 2008 Games the best event yet."


    -   About 1,000 volunteers will help run the 2008 Ontario Winter Games.
    -   Ontario's Ministry of Health Promotion provided $628,500 to support
        this year's event in partnership with the Sport Alliance of Ontario.
    -   Ontario's $10 million Quest for Gold Program funds amateur athletes
        directly and also funds competitions and coaching programs.
    -   Ontario is providing $23.7 million to amateur sport in 2007-08.


    Learn more about other <a href="http://www.sportalliance.com/Content/Ontario%20Games/Index.asp">top-tier games for Ontario's amateur athletes</a>

    Competition and event information about the <a href="http://www.owg2008.ca/">2008 Ontario Winter Games</a>

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For further information:

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

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