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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)
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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.
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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)
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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)
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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
The Invictus Games
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Toronto, Sep 24 (Canadian-Media): Prince Harry, the royal visitor from England, who had co-founded The Invictus Games in 2014 -- as a way to inspire and motivate wounded soldiers on their paths to recovery -- was full of praise for the courage that had brought dozens of war-wounded athletes to the Games as they marched, limped or wheeled their way to martial music, bright lights and cheers into a downtown sports arena, Toronto Ontario yesterday to mark the opening of the Invictus Games 2017 in Toronto, media reports said.
Invictus reportedly means unconquered in Latin and the Games and the mandate behind the Games is not about individual winning, it’s about winning as a team, CBCNews reports said.
The first Invictus Games took place in London, England in 2014 where reportedly more than 400 athletes from 13 countries came together to compete.
Now in its third year, the Invictus Games is in Toronto and reportedly at least 550 competitors from 17 countries are expected to compete in 12 sports of these Games which will run until Sept. 30.
Harry, who served in Afghanistan -- located within South Asia and Central Asia -- with the British army for about two months, said he wanted to use his platform “to help the world understand and be inspired by the spirit of those who wear the uniform.”
Before the games were officially declared open yesterday, Harry took to the stage to explain their meaning.
“In a world where so many have reasons to feel cyncial and apathetic, I wanted to find a way for veterans to be a beacon of light and show us that we all have a role to play – that we all win when we respect our friends, neighbours and communities,” he said.
“That’s why we created Invictus – not only to help veterans recover from their physical and mental wounds, but also to inspire people to follow their example of resilience, optimism and service in their own lives,” said Harry.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed all of the competitors and their families on behalf of the host country and called them all an inspiration to others as he spoke of their sacrifices and dedication to helping others.
Justin Trudeau and his 2 children
“No matter what challenges life has set before them, they continue to do what they do best: serve their countries, with passion and integrity,” Trudeau said to cheers. “You’re not only here to inspire, you’re also here to win.”
Trudeau added, “We know that no one leaves a battlefield unchanged, and that not all scars can be seen. Asking for help when you have physical and mental injuries, that’s hard for everyone. But it’s especially tough for people like you who have dedicated your lives to helping others.”
Invictus Game Flag Raising ceremony: Twitter
American first lady Melania Trump was among dignitaries who watched the flag raising ceremony.
In addition to Canadian and foreign dignitaries, other celebrities present at the opening ceremony were comedian Mike Myers, and singers Alessia Cara and Laura Wright.
The games were officially opened by David Johnston, in one of his final acts as Governor General of Canada and he tweeted, 'I officially declared the #InvictusGames open during the opening ceremony. Good luck to all the competitors! #IG2017."
David Johnston: Twitter
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Invictus Games Toronto 2017
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Toronto, Sep 21 (Canadian-Media): Ontario is pleased to host on September 23, the third and largest Invictus Games -- an international adaptive sporting event for active and veteran service men and women who are wounded, injured and sick - today.
Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was at Union Station today to meet and greet Team Canada as they arrived for the Games today.
Eleanor McMahon welcomes Invictus Games Toronto 2017
“It was my privilege to meet the competitors and coaches representing Team Canada at the 2017 Invictus Games and welcome them to our province. The dedication and perseverance of this team is an inspiration to all of us. Hosting the Games is an honour for Ontario and will pay tribute to the sacrifices of Canada’s military personnel and their unconquerable spirits. Good luck to all the competitors and go Team Canada!,” Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport was quoted by the media as saying.
The province is reportedly set to host more than 550 competitors from 17 countries, with events taking place from September 23 to September 30.
Competitors will reportedly participate in 12 different sports across Toronto at some of the state-of-the-art venues built for the 2015 Toronto Pan American/Parapan American Games.
“We are thrilled that the Invictus Games are about to begin here in Ontario. This is a wonderful opportunity for us all to unite around the power of sport. I wish my very best to the competitors, as they prepare to test their limits and reimagine what’s possible. Go Team Canada!,” Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario was quoted by media as saying.
Kathleen Wynne: Facebook
Admission for some competitions is free including Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge on September 23 at the Distillery District; Wheelchair Tennis including from September 23 to 25 at Nathan Phillips Square; Golf on September 26 at St. George's Golf and Country Club; Cycling on September 26 and 27 at High Park; Archery from September 27 to 29 at Fort York National Historic Site.
Service men and women of these Games represent inspiration and to overcome limitations and offer a unique power of sport and an opportunity to promote recovery and rediscover a sense of wellbeing and ongoing.
The Accessibility Innovation Showcase, an official Invictus Games Toronto 2017 event, runs from September 25-26 and features 48 interactive exhibits of made-in-Ontario assistive devices and technologies.
Brigadier-General Mark Misener, Commander Joint Personnel Support Unit and Chef de Mission for Team Canada was quoted by the media as saying, “As Team Canada’s Head of Mission, I am extremely proud of our current serving members and veterans who will be representing the ill and injured, and all of Canada, at the 2017 Invictus Games. They are the personification of commitment and perseverance, and a testament to the transformative power of sport and the success of programs such as Soldier On.”
Prince Harry from Kensington Palace, London The royal founder of the Invictus Games will be in Toronto on 22nd October to set the stage for the Games.
Team Canada will be represented by 90 competitors, with more than 35 from Ontario.
Ontario150 Program, which supports high impact events across the province will reportedly support these Games and includes $10 million to deliver the Games.
According to official reports these Games would attract more than approximately 60,000 visitors -- who are expected to spend approximately $6 million and the Games are expected to generate $42.2 million for the local economy.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Aug 14 (Canadian-media): Ontario was able to capture 212 medals -- 87 gold, 65 silver and 60 bronze medals -- in the 50th annual Canada Summer Games which took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba from July 28, 2017 through August 13, 2017, media reports said.
“It has been an amazing two weeks for Team Ontario at the Canada Games. We finished with 212 medals, a number of top 10 finishes and earned Canada Games records in a number of sports. Team members supported each other by getting out to cheer for each other and rocking each venue with our Icelandic cheer. It has been an honour leading this team and I would like to thank our tremendous Mission Staff for all of their hard work in preparing their teams to excel on the field of play,” Jennifer Bennett, Chef de Mission, Team Ontario said.
Amateur sport strengthen communities and inspire people in Ontario to live an active lifestyle, said the release.
“I am very proud of our Ontario athletes who competed in the Canada Summer Games and I am thrilled that so many of them were able to realize their dreams of reaching the podium. From the inspiring athlete performances, to the dedication of coaches and mission staff, the commitment and sportsmanship of Team Ontario was spectacular. I wish you all the best for your continued success, and look forward to seeing many of you represent Ontario in the future,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Games Ontario Program is responsible for the delivery of five multi-sport Games: Ontario Winter and Summer Games for youth, Ontario 55+ Summer and Winter Games and the Ontario ParaSport Games, provides financial and administrative support for other major sporting events hosted in Ontario such as the 2017 North American Indigenous Games, 2017 Invictus Games and 2021 Canada Summer Games, and operates the Ontario Sport Hosting Program which provides grants to major international and national sporting events hosted in Ontario as well as to Team Ontario at the Canada Games.
Additional support is provided to athletes through Quest for Gold program which granted $6.36 million in direct funding to 1,255 Ontario amateur athletes in 2016-17 to enhance their performance while competing at the highest national and international levels.
A sport-focused, athlete-centred and results-oriented plan, Game ON–The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan identified three priorities for amateur sport in Ontario -- participation, development and excellence -- which encourages people to play organized sports. thereby supporting Ontario sporting events.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)