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Toronto, May 14 (Canadian-Media): Doug Ford, Ontario's premier and Michael Tibollo, Ontario's Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport today opened the first Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games (SOOIYG), scheduled to take place from May 14 to 17, media reports said.
Doug Ford/Facebook Michael Tibollo/Facebook
To ensure Ontario is the best place to play sports, be an athlete and compete, Ontario Sport Hosting Program awarded $700,000 for hosting of the SOOIYG, which is expected to generate an estimated $7 million in economic activity for the Greater Toronto Area.
The Games are one of many global celebrations in 2019 to highlight the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics movement.
Congratulating all the athletes, competing over the next few days, and welcoming their families and coaches, Ford added, "We're proud to have the opportunity to host the Games and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. Thank you to everyone involved in making these Games happen and best of luck to all the athletes!"
The Invitational Youth Games encompasses 2,500 student athletes aged 13 to 21 and their coaches from around the world and will host unified and traditional team options in athletics, basketball, bocce, floor hockey and soccer.
High school-aged athletes with an intellectual disability, for the first time, will have the chance to compete in an international sports competition.
The Games will host Competitions will be held in venues across the Greater Toronto Area including Humber College, Seneca College, Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.
"Investing in sport and recreation is key to ensuring all athletes of all abilities have the opportunity to compete at home and abroad. A special thank you to Special Olympics Ontario for providing our athletes the opportunity to compete internationally, right here at home," said Tibollo.
#TorontoRaptorsDay; #JphnTory' #TorontoCityCouncil; #NBA; #"WetheNorth"
Toronto, Apr 13 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, proclaimed April 13, 2019 as “Toronto Raptors Day” in the City of Toronto, media reports said.
Toronto Raptors were able to successfully capture the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Atlantic Division title for the sixth time and qualified for the 2019 Playoffs.
"The Toronto Raptors, led by all-star players, continue to be a powerhouse in the league’s Eastern Conference...featuring a mix of established stars and exciting young talent, has once again proven that “We the North” is a mantra to be heard across the NBA," Tory said in his proclamation.
"Today, on Toronto Raptors Day, I encourage everyone in our city to show our support and appreciation for this incredible team as they play their first home game of the playoffs. The City of Toronto would like to thank the players, coaches, managers, staff, and fans for the wonderful year so far. We are extremely proud of the Toronto Raptors and we look forward to filling up Jurassic Park deep into the post-season and showing our opponents what the North is all about," said Tory in his proclamation.
#InternationalDayofSportforDevelopmentand Peace; #AminaMohammed; #2030AgendaforSustainableDevelopment; #InternationalOlympicCommittee; #IOC; #InternationalFootballAssociation, #FIFA
New York (US), Apr 4 (Canadian-Media): Football players celebrate the first prize at the closing ceremony of the community football competition in Zam Zam camp for internally displaced persons in North Darfur.
Celebrating the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told an event in New York on Wednesday - headquarters of team UN - that “sport helps find common ground” during times of division.
“Sport has the power to align our passion, energy and enthusiasm around a collective cause,” she maintained. “And that is precisely when hope can be nurtured and trust can be regained”.
Sport has played an important role in all societies throughout history – making it a natural focus for the UN system, to strengthen social ties and promote the ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance and justice.
Ms. Mohammed recalled stories of “soldiers climbing over the trenches on the first Christmas Eve of the First World War” to play football and bring about a momentary truce and “table tennis in the 1970s” that thawed Cold War tensions and gave birth to the term “ping-pong diplomacy”.
Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (at podium) opens the event to commemorate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
(6 April)/UN Photo/Mark Garten
“It is in our collective interest to harness the tremendous power of sport to help build a better and more sustainable future for all” she stressed.
Moreover, she pointed out that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development identified sport as “an enabler of sustainable development”.
“Sport can help promote tolerance and respect, contribute to the empowerment of women and young people, and advance health, education and social inclusion”, she continued.
Ahead of the international day on Friday, Ms. Mohammed cited the Secretary-General’s report “Strengthening the Global Framework for Leveraging Sport for Development and Peace” as recognition of the power of sport “to bring people together and achieve common goals.
Affirming that “no institution or entity can do it alone”, she underscored the need for “partnerships between all parts of society, especially youth and local communities”, and elaborated on collaborations with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the international football association, FIFA, to, among other things, advance women in leadership.
Ms. Mohammed also urged changing the day-to-day management of sporting events, so as to harness environmentally-friendly practices and socio-environmental-minded bidding proposals.
“Let us intensify our shared efforts to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and truly recognize the power of sport to change the lives of individuals, communities, countries and beyond”, she stated.
“Thank you” concluded the Deputy Secretary-General “for helping the world score a goal for our common humanity”.
#MeghanDuggan; #GillianApps; #Olympichockey, icehockey; #Canada, #U.S.A.
Toronto, Sept 26 (Canadian-Media): Meghan Duggan, captain of the US women's Olympic hockey team and three-time Olympic gold medal winner Gillian Apps of the Canadian women's team, tied the knot, over the weekend, media reports said.
Gillian Apps and Meghan Duggan pictured on their wedding day/Meghan Duggan twitter
Congratulating them, Michelle Jay, freelancer and photoblogger tweeted as follows:
“True love overcomes even the largest of rivalries. Just ask Meghan Duggan,” the team said in a statement.
Apps, 34, the Unionville, Ont. native is a granddaughter of Hockey Hall of Famer Syl Apps and daughter of NHL player Syl Apps Jr. retired from Olympic hockey in 2015.
While Apps worked as an assistant coach with the women’s hockey program at Boston College, Duggan played for the Boston Pride during the 2016-2017 season.
“The U.S.-Canada ice hockey rivalry is one of the most storied in team sports, with the two nations competing for every gold medal since the women’s world championship began in 1990,” Team USA said a statement.
“From competitors on the ice to partners for life,” Team Canada said. “Congrats!”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#JohnTory, #FIFAWorldCup2018; #BillManning; #JohnHerdman; #JamesMaloney, #MarkGrimes; #2026FIFAWorldCup;
Toronto, June 13 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory was joined today by Toronto FC President Bill Manning and John Herdman, Canada's Men's National Team Head Coach at BMO field to discuss and celebrate the successful United 2026 bid for the FIFA World Cup of soccer in 2026, media reports said.
BMO field is an is an outdoor stadium located at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
James Maloney, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, and Councillor Mark Grimes (Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Chair of the Board of Exhibition Place, also joined in the celebration.
"Today it was decided that one of the world's largest and most popular sporting events will come to Canada for the first time," said Mayor Tory. "The FIFA World Cup is a once in a generation opportunity to showcase Canada to the world and Toronto will be making a strong case to host games in our city."
The City Council in Feb 2018 had authorized Toronto city to enter into Host City and Stadium Agreements for the 2026 FIFA World Cup enabling Toronto to become part of the United 2026 bid.
Since last year, the City has been collaborating with the Canadian Soccer Association, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Toronto FC, Tourism Toronto, the other Canadian host cities who were involved in the United 2026 bid to win this opportunity.
It will reportedly be the first time that the FIFA World Cup will be hosted by more than one country.
Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are the three Canadian cities which are part of the United 2026 bid, which includes 23 potential host cities in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
FIFA's governing body voted for these three nations, earlier today, to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
The individual host cities will reportedly be officially selected in 2021.
"Today is a historic day for soccer in Canada. We’ll see in the build-up over the next eight years how this event, more than any other sporting event on the planet, brings people together," said Toronto FC President Bill Manning. "We hope that the next announcement is that Toronto will be selected as a host city. On behalf of MLSE, we are ready and we can’t wait to welcome the world here to our city, BMO Field and BMO Training Ground."
The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the one of the largest sports event with a record 48 nations contesting the Cup at 80 matches over a 30-day period.
FIFA World Cup 2018/Facebook
Reportedly Canada and Mexico will host 10 matches each, with the remaining games being played at U.S. locations.
"Hosting the FIFA World Cup in Canada has the potential to change the sport in this country forever," said Herdman. "This moment is an opportunity to inspire a generation of players and further grow and unite the already substantial soccer community in Canada."
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Ottawa, May 9 (Canadian-Media): Canadian athletes, guides and coaches of the recent Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 are being recognized today, for their accomplishments and performances, by Julie Payette, Governor G eneral of Canada, at Rideau Hall and on Parliament Hill by Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, media reports said.
Canadian Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018/Facebook
Olympic Winter Games athletes had brought home 29 Olympic medals, and Canada’s Paralympic team came back with 28.
The single largest investor in Canada’s sport system is reportedly the Government of Canada, which provides funding to support our athletes and to promote sport participation among all Canadians, from the playground to the podium.
“The Government of Canada recognizes that our athletes are an enormous source of pride for all Canadians…all the hard work and dedication that each of them has put into their sport. Whether it was podium success or a personal best, we congratulate all of our athletes on their tremendous accomplishments; you have made Canada proud,” said Duncan
Paye and Duncan will reportedly be accompanied by members of both Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee as well as Team Canada’s high-performance directors.
“Thank you to the Government of Canada for making today’s celebration of Canadian sporting excellence possible…We are thrilled to be able to celebrate their incredible performances together,” Tricia Smith, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee said.
“PyeongChang 2018 was a superb display of dedication, heart and perseverance…thank you to the Government of Canada for welcoming the athletes to Ottawa for such a wonderful celebration,” Marc-André Fabien, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee said
The day will begin with an interactive national “Team Canada Classroom Champion Chat,” providing youth across Canada with the opportunity to engage with Olympians and Paralympians live from Rideau Hall.
After a special ceremony in the morning—including the presentation of the James Worrall Flag Bearer Awards presented by Petro-Canada and distribution of the Olympic and Paralympic rings presented by Teck—Team Canada members will travel to the Parliament of Canada, where another “Team Canada Classroom Champion Chat” will take place.
Athletes, guides, and coaches will then be celebrated in the House of Commons and share the story of their exceptional journey.
Athletes, students and the general public at Rideau Hall will also get a chance to try out Sports such as Para ice hockey and snowboarding.
The Government of Canada is proud to support our country’s sport system, providing funding to help our athletes and to promote sport participation among all Canadians.
#Paralympicrecord, #Pyeongchang, #MarkArendz, #Vancouver, #B.C., #Canada, #SouthKorea; #AndrewParsons,
Ottawa, Mar 20 (Canadian-Media): Canada set a new national Paralympic record with 28 medals in Pyeongchang, South Korea on the last day of the Winter Games on Mar 18 beating the previous record of 19 from the 2010 Games in Vancouver. B.C., media reports said.
Para nordic star Mark Arendz carried Canada's flag into the closing ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the Canadian contingent celebrated its best-ever Winter Paralympics performance by earning eight gold, four silver and 16 bronze in South Korea.
Mark Arendz/Facebook page
Arendz won five individual medals in as many events at the Games and added a cross-country mixed relay silver for his sixth in Pyeongchang.
In his closing remarks, International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons paid tribute to Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned theoretical physicist who died on March 14 and was involved in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games in London.
"You have once again pushed the limits of human endeavour," Parsons was reported to say to the athletes.
The ceremony acted as a transition to the next Winter Paralympics in Beijing in 2022.
The Paralympic flag inside Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium was lowered and handed over to Beijing mayor Chen Jining, marking the official start of the countdown to the next Winter Games.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#BrianMcKeever, #PyeongChang2018ParalympicWinterGames, #SouthKorea, #Stargardtdisease, #VancouverGames, #Beijing, #Alberta, #Canada
Toronto/South Korea, Mar 13 (Canadian-Media): Brian McKeever, from Canada on the World Cup circuit at PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in the men's 20-kilometre cross-country ski freestyle race, won gold medal on Sunday, alongside guides Graham Nishikawa and Russell Kennedy, media reports said.
Brian McKeever/Facebook page
One of the older athletes at age 38, McKeever battled against men nearly 20 years his junior, and claimed 14th gold medal in his career, making him Canada's most decorated Winter Paralympian
It was between 1980 and 1994 that the late Lana Spreeman reportedly had won 13 medals in para-alpine skiing.
Twenty years after learning he was losing his eyesight, the Canmore, Alberta based McKeever never lost a step.
"The last lap was very hard," McKeever was reported to state. "I was hurting at the end."
Someone yelled on the final stretch, "Brian, you're a minute ahead." And it was true.
McKeever's gold medal in the men's visually impaired 20 km cross-country skiing event gave him 14 Paralympic medals, the most in Canadian history.
His Paralympic resume reportedly included 11 gold, two silver and one bronze, with more chances for medals to come in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
"These guys did a great job of towing me today," McKeever was reported to say after the race. "They took care of me the whole way."
When McKeever was 18 years old he was heart broken to learn that he had Stargardt disease which reportedly had already been wrecking his central vision.
He was reported to say that he could see the doughnut but not the hole.
McKeever was already an accomplished skier at the time and he picked up his spirits by following a new path and switched over to the Canadian Paralympic program.
At age 30, his coach decided to leave him on the sidelines for the men's 50-km race at the 2010 Vancouver Games, B.C.
McKeever was again sad as he felt his dream of racing at both the Olympics and Paralympics being crumbled.
Although dejected, he reportedly once more picked up courage and was able to win three Paralympic gold medals on the Whistler course in Vancouver games.
Four years later, he had to join men's visually impaired one-kilometre race in Sochi with two Russians and one Swede, but McKeever was able to win gold medal there also.
"I always wanted to be part of it," he reportedly told CBC Sports before arriving in Pyeongchang. "Having an older brother [Robin] who went to the Olympics in 1998 in Nagano was just another step along the way. Little brother always wants to be like big brother.
"I followed a career path similar to his and then I lost my eyesight.… I realized I could have a career in this sport anyways. That's all I ever wanted to do. I wanted to be a skier."
CBC Sports had tweeted, 'Relentless. History maker. Brian McKeever, 14-time Paralympic medallist ... and big Shawshank Redemption.'
McKeever's vision got worse with his advancing age and he was reported to say that this could be his final Paralympic Games.
But McKeever's golden performance Sunday, according to reports, leads one to believe that he would return for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, China.
"I don't know about that," said Nishikawa, 34. "We still have a really busy week ahead of us. But with Brian, nothing would surprise me. It's amazing to be around someone so great at something. Every year, he brings something more. He's just relentless.
"I'm in awe even just hanging out with the guy."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#ParalympicWinterGamesDay, #RemLangan, #PyeongChang, #2018ParalympicWinterGames, #JohnTory, #SouthKorea, #NathanPhillipsSquare, #EastAsia, #KoreanPeninsula,
Toronto, Mar 8 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory and other members of Toronto City Council will join Rem Langan, a member of the Canadian Paralympic Committee's board of directors, and Canadian Paralympic medallists at Toronto City Hall this afternoon (Toronto time) for flag raising ceremony of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, media reports said.
This ceremonial event will mark the opening of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
It also demonstrates support for the Canadian athletes competing in PyeongChang, South Korea, a sovereign state in East Asia constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.
Officially known as the XII Paralympic Winter Games, 2018 Winter Paralympics, an international winter sports athletic event for athletes with disabilities. is being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea,
Flag raising ceremony would reportedly take place on the podium roof which and will be moved to the Queen Street flagpole on Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto on March 9.
Tory would reportedly proclaim, during the flag rising ceremony, March 9, 2018 as Paralympic Winter Games Day in Toronto.
The flag will reportedly fly on the Queen Street flagpole until end of PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games on March 18.
The 2018 emblem reportedly symbolizes a world which embraces one and all.
The emblem combines the image of ice and snow, winter sports stars (athletes), and people from all over the world, coming together in PyeongChang where heaven meets earth.
PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games/Facebook
All five disciplines: Para alpine, Para ice hockey, Para nordic (cross-country and biathlon), Para snowboarding and wheelchair curling would be represented by approximately fifty five Canadian athletes, the largest Canadian athlete delegation to compete at the Paralympic Winter Games.
Ontario would be represented by nineteen athletes, and Erin Latimer (para alpine) and Greg Westlake (para ice hockey) would be from Toronto.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Washington, Fe 2 (Canadia-Media): US President Donald J. Trump announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Korea beginning Friday, Feb 9, 2018 to attend the opening ceremony and events of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, media reports said.
Donald Trump: Facebook
The delegation would be led by Vice President Mike Pence with Second Lady Karen Pence, who is also a member of the Presidential Delegation.
Newly Announced Members of the Presidential Delegation are
Karen Pence, Second Lady of the United States
Ed Royce (CA-39), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
General Vincent K. Brooks, Commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea
General James D. Thurman, USA (ret.), Former Commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea
Marc E. Knapper, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Sarah Hughes, 2002 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ladies Figure Skating