Ontario Helps Oakville Athletes Pursue their Quest for Gold

Province Continues Support for Local Athletes

Ontario Helps Oakville Athletes Pursue their Quest for Gold
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Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn is the MPP for Oakville. He is the Minister of Labour, and has held the following positions: Chief Government Whip, Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure. He has been involved in Oakville politics since he was elected in 1986.

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The Ontario government is supporting local athletes as they train and prepare to represent Canada at national and international competitions.

This year 15 athletes from Oakville have been awarded funding through Ontario’s Quest for Gold program. Local athletes receiving support include:

  • Rachael Burrows, Athletics – para
  • Alanna Bray-Lougheed, Canoe – Sprint/Kayak
  • Robert Gutgesell, Cycling
  • Rebecca Plouffe, Field Hockey – Women
  • Evan McEachran, Freestyle Skiing
  • Robbie Andison, Freestyle Skiing
  • Reid McEachran, Freestyle Skiing
  • Zachary Gallant, Ice Hockey – Men
  • Hayleigh Cudmore, Ice Hockey – Women
  • Kristyn Capizzano, Ice Hockey – Women
  • Daniel Mathie, Rugby
  • Stephanie Black, Rugby
  • Christie MacLennan, Shooting
  • Diana Matheson, Soccer – Women
  • Ryan McAnuff, Speed Skating – Short Track

This year 1,286 athletes will receive $6,402,500 in total funding through Ontario’s Quest for Gold program, which supports athletes’ performances at the highest level by:

  1. Providing funding to help them pursue sports training while fulfilling their academic goals
  2. Increasing access to high-performance coaching
  3. Enhancing training and competitive opportunities
  4. Encouraging athletes to stay, live and train in Ontario.

“The Ontario Government is committed to providing the tools, resources and financial support that high performance athletes and coaches need to excel in international competition. Our government is proud to support Ontario athletes as they strive to achieve excellence in sport at all levels of play. We look forward to cheering on all our athletes as they go for gold at the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games and beyond,” stated Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

Giving Ontario’s athletes more opportunities to succeed supports the government’s efforts to create a healthier province through sport and active recreation. It is also part of the government’s four-part economic plan to build Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.


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