Approximately 3,500 of Ontario's young athletes, ages 12 to 18, paraded into the Hershey Centre to cheers, applause and praise at tonight’s 2016 Ontario Summer Games (OSG) Opening Ceremonies in Mississauga. The event kicked off Ontario's largest amateur multi-sport event, featuring 34 sport competitions. The Games run from August 11 to 14 at multiple venues across Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
The direct economic impact is estimated to be approximately $4.5 million, with more than 6,000 hotel room night rentals anticipated.
“The Ontario Summer Games is the largest multi-sport event we have hosted in Mississauga. We are pleased to welcome the more than 3,500 Ontario Summer Games athletes and visitors to our great city,” said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Mississauga has a history of hosting successful national and regional sporting events and I have no doubt that the Ontario Summer Games will build on that success. The Games provide a direct benefit to Mississauga by unleashing tourism opportunities to showcase our city and increase economic benefits. My hope is that everyone attending the Games, whether an athlete, coach or visitor, brings home with them a lasting, memorable experience. To all the athletes who travelled near or far to attend these Games – I want to wish you all the best in your journey for gold – bring it home!”
In attendance at the ceremonies were:
• The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
• Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie
• Members of Council
• Members of the OSG Host Committee
• OSG athletes and families, coaches and officials
“As part of our government’s continued investment in amateur sport in Ontario, we are proud to present the 2016 Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga. This event is an important part of the Games Ontario Program, which provides athletes with quality competitive experiences and opportunities to pursue their sport goals. Our government is providing over $1 million to the 2016 Ontario Summer Games to support young athletes to showcase their athletic abilities and build the confidence needed to pursue athletic excellence on a global stage,” said Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
The Opening Ceremonies celebrated sports, culture and recreation while showcasing Mississauga’s civic pride and community spirit. Toronto Raptors announcer, Mark “Strizzzy” Strong co-hosted the event with Dan James, content creator and founder of The Danocracy channel on YouTube. The evening was filled with live musical performances from Canadian pop sensation Tyler Shaw, John River, Rhythm Works and a virtual youth choir.
“Tonight was a big success because of the hard work put forward by the OSG Host and Organizing Committee, City of Mississauga staff, volunteers and Games sponsors who have contributed so much to make these Games possible,” said OSG Games Chair and Member of Parliament for Mississauga East–Cooksville, Peter Fonseca. “It’s so wonderful to see the passion, energy and enthusiasm that many of these young athletes have brought to the Games. The Opening Ceremonies inspired possibilities for the many athletes in attendance, touching on important themes such as strength, togetherness and endurance.”
Throughout the four-day competition, elite youth athletes will go for gold in a variety of sports such as basketball, volleyball, wrestling, weightlifting, boxing, karate, triathlon, cycling and more.
The 2016 Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga is presented by the Province of Ontario, Games Ontario, the City of Mississauga and Tourism Toronto.
For a detailed list of competitions, locations, news and updates about the Games, visit: osgmississauga.ca. Follow the Ontario Summer Games on Twitter and use the hashtag #BringItHome.
2016 Ontario Summer Games is supported by the Ontario Government, through its Games Ontario program. This program delivers or supports multi-sport events, including the Ontario Winter and Summer Games for youth, the Ontario 55+ Summer and Winter Games and the Ontario ParaSport Games.
Supporting Ontario sporting events is part of Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan, which is encouraging as many people as possible to play organized sports, helping Ontario's high-performance athletes pursue excellence and promoting increased tourism and economic development.
Mississauga 2016 Ontario Summer Games
The City of Mississauga is the official host for the 2016 Ontario Summer Games, taking place August 11 to 14, 2016. The Mississauga 2016 Ontario Summer Games are the largest multi-sport event in Games history. More than 3,500 athletes from across the province will arrive in Mississauga to compete in individual and team events.
More than 500 coaches and officials and sports fans will also be attending the Games.
The majority of the Games will be held at 16 Mississauga venues and neighbouring municipalities: Brampton, Caledon, Etobicoke, Innisfil and Welland.
About the City of Mississauga As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 752,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses. These include more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario, in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. Mississauga is focused on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.
Senior Communications Advisor
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200, ext. 5053 Karen.Flores@mississauga.ca