Team Ontario tops the medal count and wins the Canada Games Flag at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
After two weeks of outstanding performances from all sports, the Canada Games Council announced through a press release that Team Ontario won the Canada Games Flag. Team Ontario achieved this feat with a final medal count of 213 medals including 49 gold medals, 69 silver medals and 95 bronze medals. Team Ontario has won the Canada Games flag 11 out of 12 times at Canada Summer Games.
At each Canada Games, the province or territory with the greatest number of points from all events is declared the champion and presented with the Canada Games Flag. Flag points are awarded to every athlete in every sport based on performance and participation and then aggregated for a provincial or territorial total. Ontario accumulated 289.0 points, followed by British Columbia with 258.5. while host province Quebec came in third with 258.0 points.
Upon learning that Team Ontario had won the Canada Games flag, Chef de Mission Blair McIntosh said, “I am extremely proud of our athletes and coaches for Team Ontario. Their performances were outstanding! Each and every one of them made Ontario proud with their achievements both on and off the field of play. They are incredible ambassadors for their sport and for the Province of Ontario.”
McIntosh had nothing but praise for the thousands of volunteers who worked extremely hard to host the 2013 Canada Summer Games. “The residents of Sherbrooke and the Eastern Townships did an incredible job in planning and hosting the Canada Summer Games and everyone who was involved must be congratulated.”
The Team Ontario contingent, consisting of 245 athletes, coaches and mission staff, was led into the closing ceremony on Saturday night by Mississauga’s Katie Vincent who won five gold medals in canoe kayak during the games.
Besides Team Ontario’s athletic achievements they will be remembered by the residents of Sherbrooke and region for their generous donation of over 1,000 new and gently used children’s books. The books, donated by Team Ontario athletes, coaches and mission staff were presented to the community group, Literacy in Action for distribution to their summer literacy camp participants in the Sherbrooke - Lennoxville area.
Team Ontario was also recognized by the Host Society of the Canada Summer Games as the Mission Team who most embraced the spirit of the “Sustainable Games” by reducing their printing and waste throughout the two weeks of the Games.
The 2013 Canada Summer Games have been memorable and productive for Ontario athletes. The great success at these Games confirms Team Ontario’s place as the leading province in sport development through progressive athlete development, coaching and support from Sport Alliance Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.