Written By: Thursday, March 1st 2018

The 2018 Ontario Winter Games are underway in our area, with the official parade of athletes and opening ceremony tonight along the Orillia waterfront, at Couchaching Beach park.

 

The Ontario Games Program started in 1970 in Etobicoke as a showcase for amateur sport. It has now become Ontario’s largest multi-sport event, including both team and individual sports.

Provincial level athletes from ages 12 to 18 qualify through a regional selection process conducted by the Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs). The Games take place every two years and are awarded through a bidding process. They are supported by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport in collaboration with host communities.

For many young athletes, the Ontario Winter Games is the high point of their sporting career, while for others the Games are a stepping stone for the Canada Games, Pan Am Games or even the Olympics.

There are over 3 thousand athletes and coaches and officials participating, along with hundreds of volunteers. There are competitions also being held at Blue Mountains, Midland, Barrie, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst.
For a list of the sporting events, you can click HERE

For all the information you need on the 2018 Ontario Winter Games, click HERE