2008 Ontario Summer Games

2008 Ontario Summer Games

August 13, 2008 20:00 ET

Ontario Summer Games Kick Off With Grand Opening Ceremony

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 13, 2008) - Athletes from all over Ontario converged on Keith Harris Stadium at Carleton University this evening to mark the opening off the XXth Ontario Summer Games.

The games, taking place in Ottawa Aug 13-16, include competitions in the following sports: archery; athletics; baseball; basketball; canoe/kayak; cycling; field hockey; lacrosse; lawn bowling; rugby; sailing; shooting; soccer; softball; swimming; tennis; triathlon; volleyball; water polo and waterskiing.

Roughly 6,000 attended the opening ceremonies, including over 3,500 athletes. Speaking at the event were David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; Larry O'Brien, Ottawa Mayor; MPP Jim Watson, Ottawa West - Nepean; Sue Holloway, Sport Alliance of Ontario; Dr. Roseann O'Reilly Runte, President of Carleton University; George Sweny, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

QUOTES:

"The McGuinty government is committed to supporting our amateur athletes who inspire us to be active and healthy. With the help of our partners like the Sport Alliance of Ontario we will continue to provide opportunities for our athletes to compete," said Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion. "Ottawa has done an exceptional job of hosting these Games in the past and I am confident that the 2008 Ontario Summer Games will be equally memorable for all those participating."

"This is the fourth time Ottawa has had the pleasure of hosting the Ontario Summer Games," said MPP Jim Watson, Ottawa West - Nepean. "We value the opportunity to host Ontario's exceptional athletes and showcase the amazing things our city has to offer."

"The City of Ottawa is delighted to support and host this world-class event," said Mayor Larry O'Brien. "The Ontario Summer Games offers something for every sports fan and provides all of us with the opportunity to cheer on the province's brightest young athletes."

"Quest for Gold is such a unique lottery game that has been widely accepted by our lottery customers across Ontario who recognize the importance of financial support for future Olympians" said George Sweny, OLG's senior Vice President of Lotteries.

QUICK FACTS

- The Ontario Games program is managed by the Sport Alliance of Ontario on behalf of the Ministry of Health Promotion.

- The Quest for Gold program provides direct financial assistance for Ontario athletes as well as funding for enhanced coaching, training and competition opportunities.

- The 2008 Games will be the XXth Ontario Summer Games and is the fourth hosted by Ottawa.

- More than 3,800 amateur athletes will compete and approximately 1,000 volunteers are helping run the 2008 Ontario Summer Games.

- Ontario's Ministry of Health Promotion is providing a total of $681,500 to support the 2008 Ontario Summer Games.

- The City of Ottawa is providing $200,000 to the games.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Summer Games
    Carrie Croft
    Director of Media
    613-866-2564
    or
    Ontario Summer Games
    Pat Reid
    Director General
    613-290-9212