Ontario is celebrating the outstanding performance of our athletes at the XV Paralympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who helped Team Canada exceed its medal goal.
This year, 49 Ontario athletes were part of the Canadian team that competed in 19 of 23 sports. Ontario Olympians contributed to four of Team Canada's total 29 medals, helping Canada finish 14th in overall medal standings. This exceeds Team Canada's overall goal of a top-16 finish, as the team builds for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The Ontario athletes who won top honours for Team Canada include:
Ontario supports its athletes year-round with direct financial assistance through programs like Quest for Gold. The 49 Ontario athletes on Team Canada's 162 member contingent included 45 who received funding from the province's Quest for Gold program, which provides over $6 million annually in direct athlete assistance.
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 in those games, 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.