Team Ontario is proud to announce that Cycling – Mountain Bike athlete Soren Meeuwisse
will carry the Ontario flag into the Opening Ceremony of the Canada Summer Games
Orillia's Soren Meeuwisse has been a positive member of Team Ontario for over four
years. She has achieved tremendous success as an athlete and has emerged as a positive
leader within the team. Soren has been the strongest athlete within her age/racing
category within Ontario for numerous years, and is one to watch at the Games. She
is also an Athlete Ambassador for Fast and Female, a not for profit organization
that works to keep girls healthy, happy and active in sports through their teens.
"We are extremely proud of our flag bearer. Soren demonstrates all the qualities
of a great leader and team player and is an inspiration to her teammates" stated
Jen Bennett, who leads Team Ontario as the Chef de Mission. "I am very excited about
the potential of Team Ontario at the Games. We have a great group of athletes settling
in to Winnipeg and we are looking forward to competitions starting tomorrow."
Additional roles for the opening ceremonies were also announced. Keahna Riley will
represent Ontario in a traditional Indigenous water ceremony. Two athletes will
carry placards for their hometowns in Ontario that hosted the Canada Games. Basketball
athlete Jared Kreiner will carry the placard for Thunder Bay, which hosted the Canada
Summer Games in 1981. Athletics athlete Ramzi Abdulah will carry the placard for
London, host of the 2001 Canada Summer Games in 2001.
The Team Ontario Legacy Project kicked off today as well, with athletes from all
sports bringing a pair of athletic shoes to give to our legacy partner, the Winnipeg
Boys and Girls Club. Some athletes even included personal notes of encouragement
for the recipients of the shoes, suggesting that these young athletes can "go so
high your feet won't touch the ground."
Michelle Schmidt, the Program Director for the Winnipeg Boys and Girls Club has
been instrumental in making this legacy project possible. "We are so excited to
be partnering with Team Ontario on this legacy project. Thanks to their contribution,
many deserving you will have the basic building blocks of a pair of running shoes
to help support them in their sport development," says Michelle. The boys and girls,
aged 9-15, joined Team Ontario athletes at the pep rally today, cheering loudly.
Team Ontario Quick Facts:
Funding for Team Ontario is provided by the Province of Ontario through Games Ontario,
the Government of Ontario's Centre of Excellence for sport events. Team Ontario
at the 2017 Canada Summer Games will be comprised of 450+ athletes, coaches, managers,
chaperones, technicians and mission staff. Former Team Ontario athletes who qualified
to compete for Team Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro included:
Michelle Williams, Kylie Masse, Martha McCabe, Kennedy Goss and Mackenzie Darragh
(Swimming), Andre De Grasse (Athletics), Michelle Li (Badminton), Adam Van Koeverden
(Canoe-Kayak) and Michelle Fazzari (Wrestling). Team Ontario photos can be found