Photos by: Scott Grant
Ontario athletes have done the province proud at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta, taking home 105 medals in 19 sports.
Team Ontario’s athletes returned home with 18 gold, 43 silver and 44 bronze medals. Some of the standout performances included:
Women’s Curling: Team Ontario won the gold medal in this event and Bella Croisier was chosen as the Team Ontario flag bearer for the closing ceremonies. Bella was the skip for her curling team out of Sudbury that won gold with an 8-3 victory over Manitoba.
Wheelchair Basketball: The Team Ontario Wheelchair Basketball Team won a silver medal in week 1 of the Games. Ontario beat the four-time defending champion Quebec team in the semi-final.
Short Track Speed Skating: Claudia Heeney from Waterloo won a gold (Short Track – 3000 m Points Race Female) and a silver (Short Track – 500 m Female) in speed skating. As well, Claudia set a new Canada Winter Games record for fastest female in the 1,000-metre race, with a time of 1:33.481 in the semi-finals.
“Our government for the people congratulates all of our athletes at the 2019 Canada Games,” said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, “Your performances were exceptional and we are so very proud of the job you’ve done representing our province. I wish you much continued success and look forward to seeing many of you represent Ontario in the future!”
Ontario is pleased to support athletes competing in amateur sport in their pursuit of excellence through a number of programs, including Quest for Gold, which provides direct funding for costs of living, training, sports equipment and travel to competitions.