OLG QUEST FOR GOLD RECIPIENTS KIRSTEN MOORE-TOWERS AND STEVE VAN KNOTSENBURG TO CARRY PAN AM TORCH THROUGH ST. CATHARINES

Toronto, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) would like to congratulate Kirsten Moore-Towers and Steve van Knotsenburg who were selected to be Pan Am torchbearers in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

Kirsten is a Canadian pair skater. With former partner Dylan Moscovitch, she was the 2013 Four Continents silver medalist, 2014 Olympic team event silver medalist, and 2011 Canadian national champion.

Steve is a Canadian rower from Beamsville, Ontario. He won a silver medal at the 2009 World Rowing Championships. Steve also won silver and gold medals in the 2011 Pan American Games men's eight and coxless pairs respectively.

Kirsten and Steve are recipients 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.”

Kirsten and Steve will carry the Pan Am flame through St. Catharines on Saturday, June 20, 2015.

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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