Ontario’s top amateur athletes were honoured at the 2009 Ontario Sport Awards last night in Toronto.
The event, hosted by the Ministry of Health Promotion and the Sport Alliance of Ontario, also recognized the outstanding contributions of coaches, officials, volunteers and corporate supporters to amateur sport in Ontario.
Award winners included:
- Male Athlete of the Year – Patrick Chan (Skating)
- Female Athlete of the Year – Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (Athletics)
- Male Athlete with a Disability of the Year – Stephen Jesso (Powerlifting)
- Female Athlete with a Disability of the Year – Erika Schmutz (Wheelchair Rugby)
The province provides support to high-performance athletes and coaches through the Quest for Gold program and committed $10 million towards the program in 2010-11.
Ontario’s athletes and coaches will have the opportunity to showcase their skills at home when the GTA hosts the Pan/Parapan American Games in summer 2015. The Games will create thousands of construction jobs, improve sports infrastructure, and bring 250,000 athletes, coaches and tourists to Ontario.