BY KELLY ROCHE
The Ontario Summer Games yielded an estimated direct economic impact of $4.5 million for Mississauga, say officials.
With thousands of visitors in the city, “we’re so proud to have hosted the province’s largest Games in history,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie in a news release.
“It’s given Mississauga the opportunity to showcase features that make our city so special, including our sports facilities, parks, community centres and waterfront.”
More than 2,000 athletes – out of about 3,500 competing – were given medals during the four-day Games, which ended Sunday.
“As a former Olympic athlete I know how special these Games can be for youth,” said OSG chairman and Mississauga East–Cooksville MP Peter Fonseca.
The flag has officially been handed over to the City of London, where the 2018 OSG will be played. Although the Games have ended, beach volleyball courts remain open for use at Lakefront Promenade, along with a new permanent wireless hotspot.
Mississauga will be playing host once again after being chosen to hold the Ontario 55+ Summer Games in 2018.
“These games will not only showcase our vibrant community’s state-of-the-art facilities but it will also support a surge of visitors who will generate increased revenue for Mississauga’s local businesses,” said Mississauga South MPP Charles Sousa in a statement.
The City of Mississauga will receive $235,000 in funding from the Ontario Games Program.
Featuring events such as tennis, cycling, bocce, golf, darts, and slo pitch, an estimated 1,400 athletes and officials are expected to take part.