The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

COC announces $2.6 million in funding for Canadian teams competing at Pan Ams

  • Print

TORONTO - One of the biggest measures of success of the 2015 Pan American Games will be how the home team fares.

Canada's chances got a bit better Wednesday.

The Canadian Olympic Committee announced a one-time $2.6-million contribution to Canadian teams competing at the 2015 Pan Ams in Toronto.

"When Canada hosted Vancouver 2010 (Olympics), we showed the world what it means to be Canadian — we like to play, but we also like to win," COC president Marcel Aubut told at news conference at the University of Toronto. "This is both an immense privilege and responsibility at the same time.

"As the host nation, all eyes of the Americas and the whole world will be on us, we have to deliver the best. Expectations — because it's Canada, because it's Toronto — are very high. Canada will truly be able to put our best team forward on the field of play."

The funding is part of the COC's recently announced investment of almost $100 million for Olympic sports over the next four years.

Aubut has promised a series of more detailed announcements across the country to flesh out where the money will be spent. But he has said the funds — 98 per cent of which comes from the private sector — will be part of the 2013 to 2016 high-performance action plan for athletes, coaches and national sport federations.

Canada could field a team of 1,000 athletes, coaches and support staff at the 2015 Games, Aubut said.

"Every athlete who can compete will compete, nobody will be left alone, nobody excluded," he said.

Canada had 492 athletes at the 2011 Games in Guadalajara, Mexico — the country's second largest Pan Am team after the 1999 Games in Winnipeg.

Donna Vakalis, a modern pentathlete from Toronto and member of the London Olympic team, said she'll cherish the opportunity to compete in a hometown Games.

"There's a special alchemy that every athlete knows of being part of a hometown team, and this is an incredible unique experience for so many of our athletes to participate," Vakalis said. "This (financial) support will amplify that special magic, part of that magic of course is financial support in ensuring a great performance in the hometown Games to the hometown team."

Vakalis said the support for athletes at the Pan Ams could translate to better performances at the Rio Olympics a year later.

"This is an incredible value in two ways as an athlete, and I know we'll be taking all that experience gained here in Toronto and bringing it to bear in the upcoming (Rio) Games," she said.

The Pan Am Games will be held July 10 to 26, 2015.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Key of Bart - The Floodway Connection

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • July 1, 2012 - 120701  -   Canada Day fireworks at The Forks from the Norwood Bridge Sunday, July 1, 2012.    John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press
  • A golfer looks for his ball in a water trap at John Blumberg Golf Course Friday afternoon as geese and goslings run for safety- See Joe Bryksa’s 30 day goose challenge- Day 24– June 15, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Which of Manitoba's new landlord-tenant rules are you looking forward to most?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google