Ontario Supporting Mississauga’s Future Olympic and Paralympic ChampionsPublished on September 19, 2019
Provincial investments will help high-performance local athletes like Bianca Andreescu and Katie Vincent reach the Olympic podium
MISSISSAUGA — Ontario’s government is supporting tomorrow’s Olympic and Paralympic champions and coaches with over $9 million of investments in high-quality training and performance programming delivered by our sport partners, the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO) and the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO).
“Every athlete dreams of standing on the podium after winning a world-class competition,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. “With the recently announced investments in high-quality training and performance programming delivered by our sport partners – the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario and the Coaches Association of Ontario – and some grit, hard work and dedication, one of Mississauga’s athletes might find themselves living that dream – with our whole country cheering them on.”
An $8.2 million investment in CSIO over two years will provide top-quality training and development to emerging or existing Canadian Olympic or Paralympic Team members and many of Ontario’s provincial sport organizations. The CAO will receive $1.1 million this year to support coach education, training and professional development. These investments will support athletes competing at the highest level of international competition, in events like the Pan/Parapan American Games, the Commonwealth Games and at the professional level, with local athletes like tennis champion Bianca Andreescu, and sprint canoeist Katie Vincent.
Andreescu, who trained a the Ontario Racquet Club in Mississauga-Lakeshore, recently became the first athlete to win the US Open on her main-draw debut in the 139-year history of the tournament, and the first Canadian Grand Slam singles champion in history. This followed an incredible year of success at the highest levels of professional tennis, from the runner-up at the ASB Classic in January, to wins in Indian Wells in California, and at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Vincent, a canoe sprint athlete at the Mississauga Canoe Club in Mississauga-Lakeshore, was named the 2018 Ontario Female Athlete of the Year at the Ontario Sports Awards. When women’s sprint canoe sprint makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo next year, she will be a solid gold-medal favourite, with her partner Laurence Vincent-Lapointe, from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.
“Ontario offers the world in one province, making it one of the best places to live, train and compete as an athlete," said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Our government will continue to support athletes in their pursuit of excellence and we look forward to celebrating their success at the 2020 Ontario Summer Games.”
MPP Rudy Cuzzetto with US Open Champion Bianca Andreescu
MPP Rudy Cuzzetto with the former Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Mississauga sprint canoe athlete Katie Vincent, and Paul Vincent
- CSIO is one of four Canadian Sport Institutes in Canada, and provides technical, training and coaching support for Team Ontario.
- The 2020 Ontario Summer Games in London will welcome over 3,400 participants and their families and feature 19 events.
- Ontario is supporting the 2021 Canada Games by committing to a cost-shared investment of $29 million for the construction of new sport facilities, which will support athletes and bring new jobs to Niagara region.
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP