This is an update to my previous blogs:
Ontario’s largest amateur, multi-sport event is the 2012 Ontario Summer Games.
And Toronto is hosting the Games:
- from August 16 to 19, 2012,
- with some pre-opening events on August 14, 15 and 16
Accomodations for up to 3,300 participants in the 2012 Ontario Summer Games, including athletes, coaches, managers, officials and provincial sport organization (PSO) representatives, will include:
- 12 athlete villages located in Toronto, Oshawa and St. Catharines
- many local universities and colleges to be used as athlete villages
Here are the 26 venues wherein almost 2,500 athletes will compete in 28 sports (team and individual types):
- Canoe / kayak sprint – Welland International Flatwater Centre: 16 Townline Tunnel Road, Welland, Ontario
By the way, the Winner of the Mascot Competition will be announced on 9 May 2012.
Also, more than 1,000 volunteers are needed for the 2012 Ontario Summer Games.
Stay tuned for updates on the 2012 Ontario Summer Games, including event updates.
2012 Ontario Summer Games
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
4th Floor, West Tower
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
March 22, 2012
Sport venues set for 2012 Ontario Summer Games
The Organizing Committee for the 2012 Ontario Summer Games is pleased to announce the 26 Games venues where 2,500 athletes will compete in 28 team and individual sports, as part of Ontario’s largest amateur, multi-sport event. The City of Toronto is hosting the Games from August 16 to 19, 2012, with some pre-opening events on August 14, 15 and 16.
The sports will be held at venues in Toronto and surrounding regions, as follows:
Archery – Centennial Park
Ball hockey (female and male) – Herb Carnegie Arena
Baseball (male) – Bond and Wishing Well Parks
Basketball (female and male) – Tait McKenzie Centre, York University
Beach volleyball – Ashbridges Bay
Box Lacrosse (male) – Centennial Park Arena/Mastercard Centre
Canoe kayak sprint – Welland International Flatwater Centre
Mountain Bike – Albion Hills Conservation Area (Caledon)
Fencing – Etobicoke Olympium
Field hockey (female and male) – Lamport Stadium
Field Lacrosse (female) – L’Amoureux Park
Golf – Cedar Brae Golf and Country Club
Karate – Toronto Track and Field Centre, York University
Rowing – Long Pond, Toronto Island
Rugby (female and male) – York University Stadium
Sailing – Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club
Skeet shooting – Oshawa Skeet and Gun Club
Soccer (female and male) – Centennial Park
Softball (female) – L’Amoureux and Goulding Parks
Softball (male) – Hendon and Goulding Parks
Sporting rifle – Maple Leaf Marksmen Club (St. Catharines)
Swimming – University of Toronto Athletic Centre
Triathlon – Professors Lake (Brampton)
Centennial Park and York University each feature three separate sport venues. L’Amoureux Park features two separate sport venues.
“The 2012 Ontario Summer Games will attract many of the province’s top young athletes, their coaches and their fans,” said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “These Games will showcase the ability of the City of Toronto and surrounding communities to stage excellent, high calibre, multi-sport events while generating valuable economic benefits.”
“The City of Toronto is proud to host the 2012 Ontario Summer Games,” said Mayor Rob Ford. “We look forward to welcoming the athletes who will participate in the Games, and the many volunteers, spectator and tourists who will make this event a great success. The Games will be an excellent competition experience for participating athletes and will showcase some of the outstanding facilities in and around our city.”
“Sport Alliance Ontario is very pleased with the amount of work that has already been undertaken by the 2012 Ontario Summer Games Organizing committee,” said Holly Abraham, Chair, Sport Alliance Ontario (SAO). “They have selected exceptional venues in Toronto and surrounding regions which exceed sport technical requirements and will enhance the athlete experience. The strong support from the City of Toronto and the McGuinty Government has also played an integral role in allowing the progress that we have seen take place and it will be key to the success of these Games.”
“I am excited by the amount of progress made to date by our organizing committee. We have secured venues across the GTA and in St. Catharines and Welland that will provide an excellent experience for everyone involved,” said Rahul Bhardwaj, Chair, 2012 Ontario Summer Games.
The Organizing Committee for the 2012 Ontario Summer Games worked with provincial sport organizations (PSOs) to select and finalize the venues, based on sport technical specifications provided by Sport Alliance Ontario.
For most participating athletes, the 2012 Ontario Summer Games will be their first multi-sport experience. The athletes qualify to participate in the Games through a PSO selection process.
Up to 3,300 participants in the 2012 Ontario Summer Games, including athletes, coaches, managers, officials and PSO representatives, will be housed in 12 athlete villages located in Toronto, Oshawa and St. Catharines. Many local universities and colleges will be used as athlete villages.
Sports participating in the 2012 Ontario Summer Games are required to meet certain criteria and go through SAO’s sport selection process. SAO provided the list of sports that were successful in participating in the 2012 Ontario Summer Games to the Games Organizing Committee. To learn more about the Ontario Games program’s sport selection process go to http://www.sportallianceontario.com.
About the Ontario Summer Games
The Ontario Summer Games began in 1970 as a showcase for amateur sport. They have now become the Province’s largest multi-sport summer event, including both team and individual sports. Up to 2,500 provincial level athletes qualify through a selection process conducted by Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs).
The Ontario Summer Games take place every two years and are awarded through a formal bidding process. A program of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Games are being delivered in 2012 by SAO, in collaboration with the City of Toronto, Toronto Sports Council and Tourism Toronto.
SAO, a provincial sport development agency, supports personal and community development through sport opportunities – from the Playground to the Podium. It provides programs, services and resources to help its member organizations achieve their own objectives and realize their full potential – enabling the full Ontario sport and recreation community to grow, prosper, succeed and celebrate.
For more information on the Games venues, sport descriptions and qualification processes, volunteer registration and more, visit the Games website at http://www.2012ontariosummergames.ca.
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