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  • March 09, 2018

Ontario Para-athletes Going for Gold in PyeongChang

Largest Team on Record to Compete for Canada at 2018 Paralympic Winter Games

Ontario is excited to cheer on our talented and skilled para-athletes who will compete at the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea from March 9 to 18, 2018.

This year, 21 Ontario para-athletes will be part of the largest team ever to represent Canada at the Paralympic Winter Games – competing in all five sports: para alpine, para nordic, para ice hockey, para snowboard and wheelchair curling.

Hometown favourites include:

Erin Latimer and Greg Westlake

Through the Quest for Gold program Ontario supports para-athletes with high performance training and programming, coaching and competitive opportunities.

In addition, Ontario’s support to provincial sport organizations and multi-sport organizations helps ensure that high performance para-athletes have the tools they need to succeed at the highest levels of competition, including the Paralympic Games. 

Helping para-athletes compete and win is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion in medicare in a generation.


“I’m thrilled that so many para-athletes from Ontario will help represent Canada at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games! Sport allows us to look past our differences and recognize our shared desire to push boundaries, test limits, and excel against the odds. As part of Canada’s largest Paralympic team ever, I am certain these amazing athletes will deliver inspirational performances, and I look forward to cheering them on. Good luck in PyeongChang!”
–– Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario 

“I know that all Ontarians are looking forward to watching our para-athletes compete and represent Canada and Ontario at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Our government is pleased to provide support to Ontario’s para-athletes in their pursuit of excellence. The ambition, drive and dedication of our athletes and coaches inspires us all. Go Team Canada!”

— Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“Our Paralympic athletes from Ontario and Toronto make us immensely proud and we are looking forward to cheering them on! From Para-ice hockey to wheelchair curling, I have no doubt that our world-class athletes and coaches will continue to strive for excellence. All the best in PyeongChang!"

— Han Dong, Member of Provincial Parliament for Trinity-Spadina




  • Since 2006, Ontario has provided over $120 million in funding through the Quest for Gold program to support amateur athletes as they strive to excel in their sport.
  • The most experienced Paralympian on Team Canada is Ontario hockey player Brad Bowden, with five previous Games appearances to his name (four Winter, one Summer).  He also competed for Team Ontario at two Canada Winter Games.
  • As a legacy of the 2017 Invictus Games, Ontario invested $820,000 through Ontario – Parasport Strong to support the development of para-sport in the province in 2017-18. 
  • Supporting high performance para-athletes to pursue excellence is a key priority of Game ON - The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan which is building a world class amateur sport system.






Han Dong

MPP for Trinity-Spadina

226 Bathurst Street, Unit A

Toronto, Ontario

M5T 2R9

Picture; courtesy of The Ministry of Culture, Toursim and Sport


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