February 9, 2018
Ontario congratulates Waterloo’s Andrew Poje, who will be competing for Team Canada at the 23rd Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
This year, 70 athletes will represent Ontario and Canada on the world stage as they compete for Olympic gold. Ontario athletes are part of the largest Canadian team to ever be sent to a Winter Olympics — competing in 10 of 14 sports.
Hometown favourite, Andrew Poje, originally from Kitchener-Waterloo, will be competing in the ice dance competition with figure skating partner Kaitlyn Weaver. This will be Andrew’s second Olympic Games, having competed previously in the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.
Through the Quest for Gold program and support to the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario, the province supports athletes with high performance training and programming, high performance calibre coaches and competitive opportunities.
Since 2006, Quest for Gold has provided over $120 million in funding to support athletes, coaches and high performance programming. Ontario also helps provincial and local sport organizations ensure that high performance athletes have the tools they need to succeed at the highest levels of competition, including the Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games.
Helping athletes compete is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“Sport has a special, powerful way of moving us forward — as individuals and as a society. It can help us find strengths and achieve goals we never thought possible. The passion we look forward to seeing from athletes during the 2018 Winter Olympics is bound to be contagious. I hope it inspires even more people across our province to find inspiration, self-confidence, and drive through sport. Good luck to our Ontario athletes as they join Team Canada in PyeongChang. We are proud to support you and will be cheering your every success!”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier
“Ontario wishes our athletes success on the road to gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics. By providing them with the support and resources that they need, our athletes will be able progress from playground to podium. Ontario athletes’ participation at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics is our shared success. Go Canada!”
— Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
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