Organizers, volunteers, athletes and elected officials gathered on May 9 at Nathan Phillips Square to celebrate the 100-day countdown to the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Ontario Summer Games. The City of Toronto is hosting the Games, Ontario's largest multi-sport competition, from August 16 to 19, with some pre-opening events on August 14, 15 and 16.
The Games will bring together about 2,500 amateur athletes competing in 28 sports. Venues are spread across Toronto and the surrounding regions of Brampton, Caledon, Oshawa, St. Catharines and Welland. For many young athletes, this multi-sport competition serves as a stepping-stone to national and international competitions.
At the 100-day countdown event, supporters got their first glimpse of Bruce the Moose, the 2012 Ontario Summer Games’ official mascot. Designs for the 2012 medals were also revealed and all-access commemorative pins to the Opening Ceremony and all 28 sporting events went on sale for $25 on the Games website. In the spirit of the Games, Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday and Toronto City Councillors participated in a ball hockey skills challenge.
The City of Toronto is hosting the Games in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Sport Alliance Ontario, the Toronto Sports Council and Tourism Toronto.