Toronto, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) would like to congratulate Christine Nesbitt who was selected to be a Pan Am torchbearer in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.
Christine is a retired Canadian long track speed skater. She won the gold medal in the 1000 metres event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. She had previously won a silver medal in the team pursuit at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. She is also the 2011 sprint champion, 2012 1500 metres world champion, three-time world champion for 1000 metres (2009, 2011, 2012), and three-time world champion for team pursuit (2007, 2009, 2011). On June 4, 2015 she announced her retirement.
Christine is a recipient of Quest for Gold funding.
The Quest for Gold program was established in January 2006 to support Ontario athletes and increase their performance and participation on national and international sports teams. Since its launch, the program has provided $93 million in support of the province’s amateur athletes and their coaches. Each year, OLG contributes $10 million in proceeds to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport which runs the program. To date, more than 4,000 athletes have received funding assistance through the Quest for Gold program.
“OLG is proud to be a Premier Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and a Presenting Partner of the Torch Relay,” says Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. “OLG has a proud history of championing amateur athletics in Ontario through Quest for Gold and the torch relay will be a great opportunity to celebrate that history.”
Christine will carry the Pan Am flame through London on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.
Join us at the torch relay evening celebration to mark the arrival of the Pan Am flame at London’s Victoria Park at 509 Clarence Street. The flame will arrive at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided before and after the flame’s arrival.
The torch relay started in Canada on May 30, 2015. The 41-day journey shares the Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.
OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.
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