The Ontario Games Program started in 1970 in Etobicoke as a showcase for amateur sport. They have now become Ontarioâ€™s largest multi-sport event, including both team and individual sports. U14 and U16 Ontario athletes qualify through a regional selection process and are then selected to an East vs West Team and compete to be crowned â€œBest in Ontario.â€ Â For many athletes, this is their first team event and helps introduce a competitive experience to help with athlete development.
To provide bantam and midget-aged athletes appropriate Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) opportunities, AO has devised TeamO East vs. TeamO West for the 2018 Ontario Summer Games. Each team will consist of 50 athletes and each athlete will compete in two to three events (Heats and Timed finals).
These athletes will be presented with developmental opportunities including:
â€“ Provincial and National Level Coaching
â€“ Subject matter experts in areas such as: Nutrition discussions, recovery
â€“ Learning to compete Opportunities: Mental preparation, visualization, team building
Declaration: To be released November 2017
Location: TD Waterhouse Stadium, University of Western Ontario, London, ON
Coach Declaration: We will require 18 coaches to oversee these teamsÂ To be released November 2017
Long Term Athlete Development
Stage Five: Train to Train
Ages: Bantam (U14) and Midget (U16)
In alliance with Sport Canadaâ€™s LTAD model, AO looks to provide athletes the opportunity to gain Provincial and National experience and exposure. Through the TeamO East vs. TeamO West provincial model, bantam and midget athletes will have the opportunity to compete against higher caliber athletes. This will further prepare athletes to represent Ontario at future Provincial and National Championships.
More information on attending/competing in the Games coming soon!