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2012 Winter Games (Posted On: Monday, February 27, 2012)

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The 2012 Ontario Winter Games will take place from March 8 to 11 and we’ve got everything you need to know including the event schedule and where and how to buy tickets (kids 12 and under are free) to come out and watch your favourite sports and cheer on the athletes.  We’re expecting over 10,000 athletes, fans and visitors to the area and the games are being hosted by the Town of Collingwood.

Events will take place in communities including Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Thornbury, Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township, Midland, Orillia and Beaver Valley.

What are the Games?

The Ontario Winter Games is Ontario’s largest multi-sport event and provides young athletes with development and competitive opportunities. As an integral component of athlete development in Ontario, it also prepares them for competition on the national and
International stage.

Tickets are free to Children 12 and under. A one day wristband is $10 and a weekend wristband is $25. Admission wristbands will be available for sale at all sporting venues during the Games. Pre sale of admission wristbands will be available at Games Headquarters only, located at 105 Hurontario Street, Collingwood. Click here to view, download or print the Event Schedule.

Honorary Co-Chairs for the Games are Jennifer Robinson and Scott Thornton.  Jennifer Robinson is a 6-time Canadian Figure Skating Champion, Former Olympian, Co-host on a daytime talk show, Mentor, inspirational Keynote Speaker, Motivator and most recently a Ward 8 City Councillor for the City of Barrie. Born in Windsor, Ontario, Jennifer moved to Barrie at the age of 15, and instantly had the determination to be a champion.  She was soon recruited and trained under the expert direction of Doug Leigh, founder of the world famous Mariposa School of Skating. 

Jennifer’s figure skating achievements opened up a world of touring opportunities, taking her to places including New York, Japan, Paris and Los Angeles.  Excelling in skating also opened many doors for her career, allowing her to pursue keynote speaking and a position in the media. 

As a professional keynote speaker, Jennifer focuses on positive thinking, empowering those in the audience to follow their dreams and achieve their goals.  Her initial work with Rogers TV has led to her current position as co-host of the talk show ‘Daytime’, creating yet another opportunity to positively impact people.  In 2010, she was invited to be a figure skating commentator for the 2010 Olympics. 

Giving back to the community is extremely important to Jennifer, making her decision to run for City council an easy one.  She currently acts as Honorary Chair of the United Way of Greater Simcoe County, and is also advocate for numerous non-profit and charitable organizations.

Scott Thornton is a master of many skills: former NHLer, Shareholder and Director of Scandinave Spa, Owner and Fitness Coach at Crossfit Indestri, and Founder and Instructor at Elite Hockey.  With his roots beginning in London, Ontario, this hockey-loving Canadian is widely known as a leader among his peers.

Scott played for the Belleville Bulldogs before being drafted in the first round to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1989. He went on to play 18 professional seasons and over 900 NHL games, for six different teams.  After his 2007-2008 season with the L.A. Kings, he announced his retirement from the NHL.

Scott and his family eventually moved to the Blue Mountain area to enjoy the four season recreational community.  While the community tends to have a slower pace of life, Scott didn’t slow down.   He became a Shareholder and Director at the well-known Scandinave Spa in the Town of the Blue Mountains - which earned some extra recognition after Scott’s appearance on MTV Cribs.  He also started up Crossfit Indestri in Collingwood, a popular Crossfit gym that many locals enjoy.  Here, Scott plays the role of Owner and Fitness Coach, so many people in the area have come to know him well.

In 2009, Scott started up Elite Hockey at Blue Mountain to assist in the development of young athletes.  It has been his goal to help upcoming athletes fulfill their hockey dreams too.  Hard to believe, but Scott still has time for other roles as well, including his recent Honourary Chair position with Collingwood’s Run for a Cure in 2011, and now as Honourary Co-Chair for the 2012 Ontario Winter Games. 

For more information about the 2012 Ontario Winter Games, visit the website.  

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