Team Ontario has announced the full roster of 350 athletes, coaches, managers and support staff that will make up the contingent at the upcoming 2019 Canada Winter Games. The Games will take place from Feb. 15 to March 3 at Red Deer, Alberta.
Over the past year, members of Team Ontario have been hard at work preparing for the Canada Games. Through extensive training and competition, they hope to make the province proud on the national stage. Fans can catch the Games on TSN/RDS and online through Sports Canada TV.
“I would like to congratulate all of Team Ontario’s athletes, and wish them the best of luck at this year’s Games,” Michael Tibollo, provincial tourism, culture and sport minister. “They are Ontario’s best and the entire province can’t wait to see you compete.”
Team Ontario is led by Jennifer Bennett, who resumes the role of chef de mission for her second consecutive Canada Games.
“I am honoured to once again lead a talented and committed Team Ontario at the Canada Games,” she said. “Our goal is that Team Ontario members perform to the best of their ability while upholding Team Ontario values. By doing so, I am confident that our team will have many standout performances, personal bests and podium finishes.”
The 2019 Canada Winter Games will feature the following sports over two weeks of competition and Ontario will be represented in the entire list: alpine and para-alpine, archery, artistic gymnastics, artistic swimming, badminton, biathlon, boxing, cross-country skiing and para-nordic, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, hockey, judo, long-track speed skating, ringette, short-track speed skating, snowboard, squash, table tennis, trampoline and wheelchair basketball.
The Canada Games are an important component of the sport system and a key event in the development of Ontario’s young athletes. The Games provide athletes with an opportunity to compete in a multi-sport atmosphere and prepare them as the next generation of international competitors. The 2021 Canada Summer Games will be held in Niagara region.
The Games are held every two years, alternating between winter and summer, with participation from every province and territory in Canada. About 3,600 athletes, coaches and managers will participate in the 2019 Games.
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