MARKHAM – As York Region MPPs and proud Canadian citizens, Michael Chan, Steven Del Duca, Dr. Helena Jaczek, Reza Moridi and Chris Ballard are excited to support a strong contingent of athletes competing for Canada at the XXXI Olympic Summer Games, which started Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
This year, of the 313 athletes that will compete at the games with Team Canada, 141 hail from Ontario. Some of the York Region athletes on Team Canada include:
For a daily snapshot of Team Canada’s medal count visit the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport website, updated daily at 10:00 am.
Supporting the development of sport and athletes is part of Game ON - The Ontario Government's Sport Plan to help more Ontarians participate and excel in sport.
Last summer’s TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games were an important springboard for many of the Team Canada athletes competing in Rio. Athletes gained unique experience at a high-pressure international multi-sport competition, and achieved a top-two finish for Canada and a record medal count, with Ontario athletes contributing to close to half.
As well, 25 new or renovated sports facilities — such as the Markham Pan Am Centre, Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and the York University Stadium — are long-lasting legacies of the 2015 Games, serving the local community and providing important training facilities for high-performance athletes.
“I am so proud of our Canadian Olympic Team and especially our local York Region athletes, coaches and officials. Congratulations on representing Canada and our community; your hard work, effort and dedication is an inspiration to everyone.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P., Oak Ridges-Markham
“It’s a tremendous honour to have Ontario athletes and coaches on Team Canada at the Olympic Games. Their dedication and commitment to sport is an inspiration to those of us watching at home. Ontario supports athletes through programs like Quest for Gold, which encourages recipients to pursue their personal bests and place on international stages. I know that I will be joined by Ontarians all across the province in cheering on our athletes in Rio!”
— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
“Team Canada is strong because it is made up so many talented athletes from across our country, including Ontario’s best. Congratulations to all of Ontario’s Team Canada athletes, you have made your province proud.”
— Tricia Smith, President, Canadian Olympic Committee
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