SOURCE: Team Ontario

Team Ontario

July 29, 2016 12:09 ET

Team Ontario Mission Staff Announcement

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - July 29, 2016) - In celebration of one year out from the 2017 Canada Summer Games, Team Ontario Chef de Mission Stacy Halonen is pleased to announce the Team Ontario mission staff who will lead Ontario's athletes, coaches and managers at the Games taking place from July 28 to August 13, 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

As leader of Team Ontario, Halonen said, "It's hard to believe we are already a year out from the next edition of the Canada Summer Games. With the Canada Games celebrating their 50th anniversary, in the year of Canada's 150th birthday, we are very excited to be part of the Games' festivities and look forward to sending a full delegation of Ontario's most talented and dedicated athletes, coaches and managers to represent and compete for Team Ontario in Winnipeg come this time next year."

"Planning for the Games is well underway with a team of 19 committed and hard-working mission staff already engaged in the preparations, working with the Provincial Sport Organizations to ensure we are well prepared in advance of the Games," stated Halonen. "It is our goal that, come July 2017, Team Ontario members will perform to the best of their ability, with dignity, humility and a sense of pride and fair play, leading to outstanding performances, personal best and hopefully many podium finishes for Ontario!"

"I am proud of our dedicated Team Ontario mission staff who will support our athletes on their journey to the podium at the 2017 Canada Summer Games," said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. "Coming off an incredibly successful showing at the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, Team Ontario is ready to compete and win at the Canada Games next year and I can't wait to watch!"

Mission staff are the "team behind the team" responsible for ensuring all of the needs of the athletes, coaches and managers are addressed. From liaising with the host society on travel, accommodation and the sport schedule, to delivering mandatory training for all participants in human rights and drug-free sport and working with the media, the mission staff work tirelessly so the athletes can concentrate solely on their competitions.

Team Ontario's 2017 Mission Team:

Core Team Leaders  Residence  Role
Stacy Halonen  Toronto  Chef de Mission
Jennifer Bennett  Toronto  Assistant Chef de Mission
Cecily Clarke  Toronto  Sport Technical Services
Janice Robinson  Whitby  Administration
Nick Snow  Toronto  Athlete and Mission Services
Marlene Stirrett-Matson  Toronto  Communications
Mission Team Staff  Residence  Role
Laura Albright  Pickering  Diving & Volleyball (F)
Ryan Albright  Pickering  Basketball (M) & Admin
Jordan Bridal  Ottawa  Athletics & Volleyball (M)
Shravan Chopra  Ottawa  Softball (M) & Wrestling
Janice Dawson  Nepean  Cycling - Mtn Bike & Canoe-Kayak
Sherry Doiron  Kitchener  Athletics & Wrestling
Katrina Galas  Toronto  Soccer (F) & Softball (F)
Marcia Morris  Ottawa  Sailing & Cycling - Road
Jane Park  Toronto  Triathlon & Tennis
Kevin Sousa  Toronto  Volleyball - Beach & Swimming
Justan Steele  Toronto  Baseball (M) & Golf
Kelly Stefanyshyn  Windsor  Basketball (F) & Swimming
Greg Theriault  Toronto  Rowing & Soccer (M)

Team Ontario Quick Facts:

  • Funding for Team Ontario is provided by the Province of Ontario through Games Ontario, the Government of Ontario's Centre of Excellence for sport events.
  • Team Ontario at the 2017 Canada Summer Games will be comprised of 450 athletes, coaches, managers, chaperones, technicians and mission staff.
  • Former Team Ontario athletes who have qualified to compete for Team Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro include: Michelle Williams, Kylie Masse, Martha McCabe, Kennedy Goss and Mackenzie Darragh (Swimming), Michelle Li (Badminton), Adam Van Koeverden (Canoe-Kayak), and Michelle Fazzari (Judo).

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