Sarnia, ON – The 2011 Ontario ParaSport Summer Games are returning to Sarnia-Lambton. Tourism Sarnia Lambton in partnership with the City of Sarnia and the County of Lambton announced today that Sarnia has been selected by the Sport Alliance of Ontario (SAO), ParaSport Ontario (PO) and the Ministry of Health Promotion Ontario to host the 2011 Ontario ParaSport Summer Games (2011 OPSG).
“The McGuinty government is proud to support this important event that will give so many Ontario parasport athletes a chance to train, compete and strive for personal excellence. I am delighted that Sarnia Lambton is once again hosting this event – we know they will do an excellent job of managing the Games and that athletes, coaches, guests and spectators are in good hands”, said Margarett Best, Ontario Minister of Health Promotion.
The Ontario ParaSport Games are delivered by the Sport Alliance of Ontario in partnership with ParaSport Ontario on behalf of the Government of Ontario.
“Sarnia’s commitment to the Ontario ParaSport Summer Games in recent years has been tremendous. We look forward to working with their experienced pool of volunteers to deliver another outstanding set of Games”, said Blair McIntosh, Director of Games for the Sport Alliance of Ontario.
The Province is the primary funder of the Games, however many more sponsors are need to host a successful set of games.
“Tourism Sarnia Lambton submitted a very thorough and comprehensive bid,” said Cathy Vincelli, Executive Director for ParaSport Ontario. “The bid was selected based on a great demonstration of community support and the choice of impressive and accessible sporting and accommodation venues.”
The Games will be held at the Sarnia Athletics Southwest Track & Field Complex, Germain Park, the Sarnia Lawnbowing Club, Fiddick’s Stables in Petrolia as well as other facilities throughout Sarnia Lambton. Many Visitors traveling to the Games will be staying in our local hotels and the Athletes Village will be located at the Holiday Inn Sarnia/Point Edward.
“It was an absolute pleasure to once again submit a bid to host these Games. Sports tourism is one of our community’s greatest strengths and we are extremely excited about the opportunity to welcome athletes from across Ontario”, said Co-Chair Vicky Praill, Special Events & Group Marketing Co-ordinator for Tourism Sarnia Lambton. “I know our community will do a great job of showcasing Sarnia-Lambton and assure that all athletes and guests experience our great hospitality.”
Rob Janoska, co-chair of the 2003 & 2007 Games has also agreed to co-chair for the 2011 Ontario ParaSport Summer Games.
“It is a great privilege to once again co- chair the Games. We have been very successful at hosting the games in the past while also raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in infrastructure and legacy money that flowed through to clubs and programs in our community”, says Janoska. “Many of the 2003 & 2007 host committee members are once again onboard and with a community of amazing volunteers, we are set to put on the best games yet.”
These Games will attract over 300 athletes from across the Province, and Sarnia will once again have the opportunity to see some incredible competitors during this multi-sport event.
Some of the other members of the host Committee are Gary Vander Vies, Dave Schaller, Norma Hills, Pat Brown, Miriam Carmody, Janice Fortey, Lesley Woods & Kate Wallace.
Over the next year, the host committee and over 100 volunteers will be hard at work getting ready to host this amazing event.
“Sarnia Lambton has welcomed and embraced the ParaSport’s Summer Games in the past and we look forward to hosting the event again. It is a wonderful event that brings people together to compete and to celebrate excellence in sports with everyone giving their personal best to be the best of the best”, said Mayor Mike Bradley, City of Sarnia.
These Games will once again build pride and celebrate the achievements of our Ontario athletes.
“The Organizing Committee, including Tourism Sarnia-Lambton, deserves a great deal of credit for bringing these games back to the community one more time”, said Warden Jim Burns, County of Lambton. “Volunteers are what help Lambton County to be one of the best places in Ontario to live.”
The countdown to the 2011 Ontario ParaSport Summer Games begins today.
For more information about the Ontario ParaSport Games or ParaSport Ontario, please visit www.parasportontario.ca
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