Games Ontario Program
The Durham Region 2019 Ontario Parasport Games is supported by the Ontario Government, through its Games Ontario program. This program delivers or supports multi-sport events, including the Ontario Parasport Games; Ontario Summer and Winter Games for youth; the Ontario 55+ Summer and Winter Games.
Ontario Parasport Games
The Ontario Parasport Games is a program of the Government of Ontario, delivered by host municipalities, in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS).
The Games promote public awareness of parasports and showcase Ontario’s best athletes. They provide host communities with an opportunity to make their communities more accessible and inclusive and to develop legacy funds.
The Games are planned and executed by a Games Organizing Committee proudly made up of members of the host community. They are also supported by hundreds of local volunteers and spectators who understand that when we all play, we all win.
During these exciting Games, more than 500 athletes, attendants, coaches, officials, as well as families and friends, will be welcomed at venues throughout Durham Region. We welcome these participants, from February 8 – 10, 2019.
PACHI is a legacy of the incredibly successful TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. The wildly popular mascot was created by four Grade 8 students from Markham who entered the nationwide TORONTO 2015 Mascot Creation Challenge. That competition drew 4,130 submissions from more than 15,000 kids, parents and teachers.
PACHI is head cheerleader of Games Ontario events, all of which showcase Ontario athletes competing in multiple sports. PACHI also supports the athletes and coaches on Team Ontario at the Canada Games.
PACHI’s Team Ontario job comes with the Team Ontario look. His white hat and wristbands feature the Games Ontario logo, modelled on the iconic Ontario trillium, and highlighted with coloured ripples of red, green, and blue:
- Red represents “inspiration”, which is Team Ontario’s official colour.
- Green represents “opportunity”.
- Blue represents “community”.
And, PACHI’s distinctive quills match the logo.
About the Host Community
In 2016, Sport Durham, The Regional Municipality of Durham’s sport tourism group, successfully bid to host the 2019 Ontario Parasport Games, with partners from the Abilities Centre and Durham College.
Durham Region and its municipalities have hosted many significant sporting events, including Pan Am and Parapan Am Games events in 2015, the Ontario 55+ Games in 2010, and the Ontario Summer Games in 2000.
We’re proud of WindReach Farm, Grandview Children’s Centre, and the Abilities Centre, which have been instrumental in paving the way toward making Durham Region an inclusive and accessible community, ideally suited to welcome parasport athletes. By hosting these Games, we will further grow awareness of the need for accessibility, the benefits of inclusivity, and grow parasport participation both here and across the Province of Ontario.
Durham Region forms the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). It is easily accessible by planes, trains and automobiles. About 30 minutes from downtown Toronto, Durham Region offers a diversity of restaurants, attractions, and events! To learn more about what to see and do while in Durham Region, please visit: www.durhamtourism.ca.
Games Organizing Committee
Our Games Organizing Committee boasts experience as athletes and leaders at Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, Canada Games, Ontario Games, Special Olympics World Games, professional sport teams and organizations.
- Lori Talling – Games Program Manager
- Don Terry – Games Co-Chair
- Emmy Iheme – Games Co-Chair
- Ernie Spraggs – Finance Chair
- Kate Bird – Sponsorship & Fundraising Chair
- Shauna Bookal – Special Events Chair
- Brian Camenzuli – Sustainability Chair
- Audra Leslie – Marketing & Communications Chair
- Anthony Lue – Accessibility Chair
- Garry MacLean – Volunteers Chair
- Phil Meagher – Transportation Chair
- Delbert Menchions – Food Services Chair
- Brandon Pickard – Accommodations Chair
- Janice Robinson – Registration Chair
- Christina Swett – Sport Chair