Ontario Honours Top Athletes

Friday, April 19, 2013

Ontario honoured some of the province’s top athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and corporate supporters for their outstanding achievements to amateur sport in 2012.

Of the finalists for this year’s Ontario Sport Awards, the following athletes received the top honours at the April 18 ceremony:

Patrick Chan - Male Athlete of the Year (Figure Skating)

Rossanagh MacLennan - Female Athlete of the Year (Gymnastics)

Patrick Anderson - Male Athlete with a Disability of the Year (Wheelchair Basketball)

Summer Mortimer - Female Athlete with a Disability of the Year (Para-Swimming)

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir - Team of the Year (Figure Skating)

Reg Chappel - Male Coach of the Year (Swimming)

Jennifer Lee - Female Coach of the Year (Badminton)

Ontarians will be represented by some of these honoured coaches and athletes as members of Team Canada in a number of upcoming national and international competitions, including the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.

Recognizing outstanding athletes and celebrating their achievements supports the new Ontario government’s efforts to build a stronger province where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

Quick Facts

Established in 1965, the Ontario Sport Awards is the highest recognition for excellence in amateur sport in the province.

Finalists are nominated by their Provincial/Multi Sport Organization. Winners are chosen by the Sport Awards Selection Committee, a group comprised of former athletes and sport administrators from Ontario.

Of the 27 Ontario athletes who reached the podium at the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games, 24 received support through the province’s Quest for Gold program.

15 Ontario athletes (and 1 guide runner) earned 12 event medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games. Of these, 13 (plus the guide runner) received support through the province’s Quest for Gold Program.

The 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games will create 15,000 jobs, build new and improve sport infrastructure, attract 250,000 visitors and welcome 10,000 athletes, coaches and officials.

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