The Ontario Summer Games
The Ontario Games Program started in 1970 in Etobicoke as a showcase for amateur sport. They have now become Ontario’s largest multi-sport event, including both team and individual sports.
Provincial level athletes from ages 12 to 18 qualify through a regional selection process conducted by the Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs). The Games take place every two years and are awarded through a bidding process. They are supported by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport in collaboration with host communities.
For many young athletes, the Ontario Summer Games is the highpoint of their sporting career, while for others the Games are a stepping stone for the Pan Am Games or even the Olympics.
Mississauga and the Games
The 2016 Ontario Summer Games are the largest in history. The City of Mississauga is the official host for the 2016 Ontario Summer Games, taking place August 11 to 14, 2016. Athletes, ages 12 to 18, from all regions of Ontario will compete against their fellow provincial athletes. The Games provide athletes with development and competitive opportunities that will prepare them for national and international sports competitions. It also provides communities, volunteers and everyone a chance to celebrate sport in Ontario.
For the first time, Mississauga is hosting the Games and will welcome athletes, coaches, managers and officials from across the province for this four-day event. The event roster now includes nine events from the Ontario Winter Games program making the 2016 Summer Games the largest in history. More than 4,000 athletes, coaches, managers and major officials participating in more than 32 different sport events including former winter sport events Boxing, Diving, Karate, Kickboxing, Sledge Hockey, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Women’s Hockey and Wrestling. Weightlifting is a brand new sport added to the Games altogether.
The majority of the Games will be held in Mississauga; however, a few other local-area municipalities such as Brampton, Etobicoke, Innisfil and Welland will also participate in hosting events like Beach Volleyball, Mountain Biking, Skeet Shooting, Sporting Rile and Air Pistol/Air Rifle.
Mississauga was chosen for its premiere sport venues, ease of access, experienced planners, enthusiastic volunteers and willingness to work with all levels of government and national/international sport governing bodies to achieve success.
The City will be hosting a number of public celebrations, cultural festivals and promotional activities to support the Games.
Mississauga has a track record for hosting a wide range of sports and culture events and boasts access to a sponsorship and volunteer base. Through the Ontario Summer Games, the city will be known for its commitment to the celebration, promotion and development of sports events, facilities, organizations and competencies. Mississauga will continue in its tradition and will stage an outstanding and memorable Games experience for all who travel and visit our vibrant city.
Mississauga will have a dynamic and collaborative sport system that enables all residents to enjoy sport to the extent of their interests and abilities. Mississauga will be known for its commitment to the celebration, promotion and development of sports events, facilities, participants and organizations.
Theme of the Games
“Bring It Home”
To our young athletes, we issue the challenge of coming to Mississauga with energy and enthusiasm, intending to ‘bring home’ wonderful experiences and quite literally, awards, accolades and hardware that come from being successful during team and individual competitions. ‘Bring It Home’ is intended to be positive and a motivating phrase to encourage athletes to get to the finish line with their best.
To visitors, parents, and coaches, our message is to come to Mississauga to experience the Games, see and explore our sports and cultural assets and ‘bring home’ positive impressions of our city and desire to return in the future.
To our volunteers, sponsors, staff and residents, we challenge them to ‘bring home’ a wonderful Games experience that is rightful and well-timed in our City’s history given our plans, aspirations and energies.
- Representatives include members of City Council, City management staff, Mississauga Toronto West Tourism and the Mississauga Sport Council.
Games Organizing Committee (GOC) includes:
- Games Chair and Community Lead
- Project Lead
- 12 committees responsible for all aspects of operating the Games programs. Key staff assigned to lead roles on the following committees: accommodations, volunteers, food services, special events, transportation, medical, security, IT and finance.
The Mississauga Ontario Summer Games medal has a spherical design that is unique and unlike any other medal design seen for the Games. The hollow “O” in the center represents Ontario, home for everyone involved in this year’s Games. Lanyards will be in the colours of the Games (red, green & blue). The medal is cast from metal (zinc ) to make it light weight.
A call to artists was issued which resulted in this unembellished and refined winning design by Tomas Rojcik. Tomas called Mississauga home for 30 years and so Mississauga holds a special place in his heart. Over 2,074 medals will be awarded and will serve as a legacy piece for the Mississauga Summer Games.
Objects exist in, and are contextualized by, their environment, and this extends beyond the architecturally-determined, to include aspects of nature and the ecological. Objects also serve the everyday, where people find meaning in their daily habits and routines, yet at the same time, it can seek the transcendent and the extraordinary. I seek to make things that have never before existed, and which speak not just to me as an artist, but that call forth a wordless interaction for others. I aim to meet needs that people might not yet have recognized or articulated themselves; solving problems and evoking an emotional response.
Description of Work
My family moved to Mississauga when I was three. We moved here from the, then occupied, Czechoslovakia to escape communism. Mississauga became our new home, a fresh start and opportunity, as it has for countless people. I have spent the majority of my life in Mississauga and watched it grow over the last 30 years. Although I am not currently living in Mississauga it will always hold a special place in my heart.
My design for the Ontario Summer Games Medals is unembellished and refined. By adding a hole in the center of what a traditional medal would be, it forms the letter O representing Ontario, home for everyone involved in the games. The medal will be cast from metal and plated with the appropriate finish. The matte texture achieved by sandblasting will give a soft subtle shimmer and make the polished raised surface of the logo stand out. The ribbon will be digitally printed and attached to the medal with a cow hitch, much like the medal for the 2006 Olympic Games.
Tomas Rojcik is a graduate of the Furniture Craft & Design Program at Sheridan College (2012). Rojcik has worked in a variety of mediums for clients such as Andrew Jones, Patty Johnston, MSDS, Felt Bicycles, The Design Exchange, Moss & Lam, Umbra and EQ3, to name a few. In 2013 Rojcik co-founded award winning Normal Goods with fellow designer Chris Charuk. Together they created a capsule collection of furniture and lighting with equal value for form and function.
Currently Rojcik resides in Toronto and is the lead designer at Castor Design, designing furniture, lighting and installations.
Meet Pachi - Games Ontario Mascot
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 drew 4,130 submissions from more than 15,000 kids, parents and teachers.
Pachi, like other porcupines, has a visual impairment and difficulty seeing objects that are far away. Understanding and working around that limitation helps him connect to people of all abilities.
Pachi is popular! In connection with the TORONTO 2015 Games, Pachi visited 424 schools, attended more than 1,300 events, made over 2,300 appearances and had over 366,000 interactions with people. And, more than 100,000 Pachi plushies were sold, accounting for nearly 30% of all Games merchandise sales.
Pachi and Mississauga 2016 Ontario Summer Games
Pachi is head cheerleader of the Mississauga 2016 Ontario Summer Games. Watch out for Pachi around Mississauga leading up to the Games and at the sports venues during the 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" and it’s Team Ontario’s official colour
- Green represents "opportunity"
- Blue represents "community"
And, Pachi’s distinctive quills match the logo.
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