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  • August 23, 2016

York Region Athletes Deliver for Canada in Rio

Great Games with big efforts, podium wins and 2015 Pan Am connections

RICHMOND HILL – York Region MPPs Chris Ballard, Michael Chan, Steven Del Duca, Dr. Helena Jaczek and Reza Moridi are celebrating York Region’s athletes who competed and excelled at the XXXI Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and getting a hint of how the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games legacy is carrying into outstanding performances.

More than half of Ontario athletes in Rio also competed in the 2015 Pan Am Games and had the benefit of experiencing competition in a high-pressure international multi-sport event. 

In Rio, Ontario Olympians contributed to 15 of Team Canada’s total 22 medals, including four gold, two silver and nine bronze. The 141 Ontario athletes on Team Canada’s 313-member contingent included 119 who received funding from the province’s Quest for Gold program, which provides over $6M annually in direct athlete assistance. Some of the local athletes who won top honours for Team Canada include:


  • Bolade Ajomale, Richmond Hill

4x100m Relay –  Bronze Medal   

  • Andre De Grasse, Markham-Unionville,

200m -  Silver Medal;100m - Bronze Medal ;4x100m Relay –  Bronze Medal 

  • Rosie MacLennan, King City

Women’s Trampoline – Gold Medal

  • Eric Lamaze, Schomberg

Equestrian Jumping – Bronze Medal  


Ontario supports its athletes year round with direct financial assistance through programs like Quest for Gold. 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 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 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 wish to extend my sincere congratulations to the Richmond Hill athletes who competed in the XXXI Olympic Summer Games – it has been a pleasure cheering them on! Their hard-work, dedication and commitment is an inspiration to our community.  Welcome home, Team Canada!”

— Reza Moridi, M.P.P., Richmond Hill


“We are thrilled to welcome home all of our community’s athletes and express our heartfelt appreciation for representing us to their utmost abilities with outstanding sportsmanship and awe-inspiring athleticism.  We are bursting with pride and our good fortune that they are fellow community members, friends and neighbours.  They are our heroes, our champions, who have shown us and the entire world that determination, hard work and true grit can make dreams come true.”

— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville


“Congratulations to all of the athletes that were part of Team Canada.  The athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games showed determination and perseverance and every athlete that participated was an inspiration to us all.  The province’s Quest for Gold program is supporting athletes and is helping them achieve their dreams.”

Chris Ballard, M.P.P., Newmarket-Aurora  


“Congratulations and thank you to all the Ontario athletes who represented Canada in the Rio games and made us extremely proud to be Canadian. With our government’s continued support of athletes through Quest for Gold, we will continue to help Ontario’s best strive for excellence in sport.”

Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan


“I join everyone in York Region in welcoming home our Olympic athletes, coaches and officials.  Your tremendous talent and determination in Rio has inspired your community and all of Canada. I am proud that the Ontario government continues to support our athletes through our Quest for Gold program to achieve their dreams.  Congratulations!”

— Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P., Oak Ridges-Markham


“As the 2016 Olympic Games come to a close, I’m very happy to acknowledge and congratulate the athletes and coaches who proudly represented Canada and Ontario in Rio. Each and every one of them inspired us watching at home and made us proud to be Canadians. Our government continues to support these athletes through our Quest for Gold program, and I look forward to seeing their next steps as they strive for excellence in sport from playground to podium.”

— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport


“Canadian Sport Institute Ontario is incredibly proud of the Ontario athletes and their performances at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Throughout the Games we saw remarkable displays of athleticism, perseverance and podium performances. There was a strong presence of Ontario athletes, and those that call Ontario home for training, that lead the charge for Team Canada – from in the pool, to the velodrome and to the track - Ontario athletes brought home the hardware.  Ontario athletes are making their mark internationally and inspiring the next generation of athletes in the province.  Congratulations to all athletes, coaches and support staff on an excellent Olympic Games for Team Canada.” 

— Debbie Low, CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario



  • Team Canada won four gold, three silver and fifteen bronze medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Summer Games.
  • Swimmer Penny Oleksiak qualified for Rio at the Olympic trials in April 2016, held at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, a 2015 Pan Am Games legacy facility.
  • Top Paralympic athletes from Ontario will represent Canada at the Summer Paralympic Games from September 7 to September 18, 2016.
  • Since 2006, Quest for Gold has provided Ontario athletes and coaches approximately $100 million in support.
  • Ontario has tripled its support for amateur sport from $8.78 million in 2003 to more than $27 million in 2015-16.
  • The Ontario Games Program contributes to the development of sport and athletes through multi-sport games such as the recent 2016 Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga and the 2018 Ontario Games recently awarded to London, Orillia and Mississauga.



Ontario Athletes on Team Canada

Ontario’s Quest for Gold program

XXXI Olympic Summer Games


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