OLG Celebrates Ontario’s Quest for Gold Athletes at Tokyo Summer Games

Kylie Masse by Martin Bazyl Twitter Story

OLG and CBC partner to chronicle “The Quest” of five Ontario athletes

TORONTOJuly 23, 2021 /CNW/ – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and its employees are proud supporters of the Team Canada athletes that will “Go for Gold” at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. We are particularly excited to watch all the athletes from Ontario, especially those who have benefited from the Quest for Gold program, as they compete for the podium.

Since 2006, the Ontario Government and OLG have worked together to provide direct financial support to high-performance amateur athletes through the Quest for Gold program. The funds enhance the ability of these Olympic-bound athletes to train by reducing financial burden. Quest for Gold dollars can be used to offset costs of training and living expenses, including rent, training camps, equipment and tuition/education-related expenses.

“OLG takes great pride in our longstanding support of Ontario’s Quest for Gold athletes,” said Duncan Hannay, OLG’s President and CEO. “We get excited every time we launch a Quest for Gold series of lottery tickets featuring incredible homegrown athletes and are delighted when we can highlight their stories and achievements in our community outreach. OLG admires and champions these talented athletes, who are always striving to be the best. Good luck in Tokyo!”

OLG is now partnering with the CBC, the official broadcaster of the Tokyo games, to sponsor “The Quest,” a five-episode series featuring inspiring stories about key members of Team Canada from Ontario who benefited from the Quest for Gold Program. The series spotlights five athletes from across the province, to help all Canadians understand their unique determination to get to the Olympics:

  • Ghislaine Landry from Toronto – Rugby
  • Rosie MacLennan from King City – Gymnastics
  • Margaret MacNeil from London – Swimming
  • Kylie Masse from Windsor – Swimming
  • Melissa Humana-Paredes from Toronto – Beach Volleyball

“The Quest” features will air during Olympic coverage on CBC with encore airings on TSN and Sportsnet. You can also follow the stories via @OntarioLottery on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and look for #OLGxTheQuest.

Melissa Humana-Paredes (CAN, Kanada); Jubel, celebration über den Sieg im Achtelfinale

The Quest for Gold Program has provided $6.3 million in annual funding to Ontario athletes since its inception 15 years ago. In that time, the percentage of Ontario athletes on Canada’s Summer Olympics Team has increased from 37 per cent in 2004 to 48 per cent in Tokyo 2020, and on the Winter Olympics Team from 19 per cent in 2006 to 31 per cent in 2018. In the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics and Paralympics, 36 of the 38 Ontario athletes who medaled were Quest for Gold Program recipients.

Best of luck to Team Canada in Tokyo!

OLG is a crown agency that develops world-class gaming entertainment for the Province of Ontario. Acting in a socially responsible way, OLG conducts and manages land-based gaming facilities; the sale of province-wide lottery games; Internet gaming; and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres. OLG is also helping to build a more sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario. Since 1975, OLG has provided approximately $55 billion to the people and Province of Ontario to support key government priorities like health care; the treatment and prevention of problem gambling; and support for amateur athletes. Each year proceeds from OLG’s operations also support host communities, Ontario First Nations, lottery retailers and local charities across the province.

Photo: Margaret MacNeil

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