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  • February 26, 2017

Brampton Athlete(s) Deliver(s) for Canada in Rio

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

Brampton is celebrating its 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. Two of the local athletes who

won top honours for Team Canada include:

o Brendon Rodney, 200m, 4x100m Relay (Bronze)

o Kadeisha Buchanan, Women’s Soccer (Bronze)

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.


It’s a proud moment to see Bramptonians bring home medals in their respective sports after all

the hard work and and commitment from all the Canadian atheletes. I would like to congratulate

all atheletes that represented Canada at the Rio Summer Olympics and made every Canadian

proud of their quality of professionalism and perserverence.

— Harinder Malhi, MPP, Brampton-Springdale


“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


— 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.

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