Pat Reid here. I was the Volunteer Chair of the 2006 Ontario Summer Games. One of the areas that required improvement for the 2008 Games, was communicating with parents, relatives, and friends of competitors who will be competing in the 2008 Games in Ottawa. So, to reach you and keep you personally informed, we have created the Parent's Program which is detailed
The most important component of a visit for any out of town guest of the Games is booking accommodation! So as part of the Parent's Program, and in an attempt to make your stay in Ottawa, convenient and enjoyable, we have worked through HUDSON TRAVEL to reserve a number of hotel rooms for you to choose from in the Ottawa area.
With the LPGA golf event and other attractions in Ottawa at the same time as the Summer Games, we wanted to ensure we had some rooms booked for our special guests - meaning you! Hopefully you haven't left it to the last minute to book your accommodation - Ottawa is a busy place!
We have contacted a number of restaurants, eateries, bars, pubs, entertainment stops and key shopping areas in Ottawa to partner with us to give you discounts. The establishments that support the Games are willing to provide a discount if you are wearing your 2008 Ontario Summer Games Admission Bracelet.
Upon registration the afternoon of Aug 13th (Wed.), you will be able to pick up a “Parent’s Program” package of information and discount opportunities, led by Chances R Restaurant and the Rideau Centre (200+ stores to serve you). The “Parent’s Program” area at the time of registration will be easily visible to you.
Should you wish to purchase Official Ontario Summer Games clothing or the Official pin of the Games, please visit Brymark' s website.
You can order t-shirts, golf shirts, hoodies, jackets, hats, pins, a variety of commemorative items of the 2008 Ontario Summer Games experience.
You can order items on-line in advance and the item will be waiting for you at the Will Call Desk during registration (Carleton U). Certain clothing items can also be customised for competitors with the athlete's name, or their favourite number.
Thats all the information we wanted to convey to you at this time. Please continue to check back with us as we get closer to the Games as we will be adding discount partners to the Parent's Program.
The Parent's Program including discount opportunities is our way of saying "Thank You" for purchasing an Opening Ceremonies ticket and/or an All-Games Admission bracelet.
We look forward to having you visit Ottawa, enjoy the Games and hopefully take in some of our local tourist attractions while here.
Pat Reid, Director General
2008 Ontario Summer Games
We have attempted to stage the 2008 Games to mirror what these young athletes might experience at an Olympic or Commonwealth Games. We have arranged to have all the Games athletes and team staff stay in an actual "Athlete's Village". We have also arranged an athlete's "march-on" much like the march of the Canadian Team does at the Olympic Games, as part of an Official Opening Ceremonies.
The Parade of Athletes or "march-on", is a key component of the Opening Ceremonies. More than 3,500 athletes, coaches, team staff and officials, will parade onto the infield of Keith Harris Stadium at Carleton University, in front of you in the grandstand. Following words of welcome and encouragement from some distinguished guests and event sponsors, two invited athletes will read the Athlete's Oath and the Games will be officially opened.
This will follow with evening entertainment provided by Newcap Radio station 89.9 DJ's and on-air dance band personalities. We hope to have a guest appearance from one of Ottawa's hottest recording artists - that will be a surprise saved for the moment.
Tickets to the Opening Ceremonies have been kept at the same affordable price they were for the 2006 Games:
Please note: Opening Ceremonies tickets are above and beyond the All-Event Admission Bracelets.
Tickets to the Games sporting events – whether it is ONE sport event or ALL of the sports events, the price is unchanged from the 2006 Games:
The Ontario Summer Games include 26 sports - alphabetically everything from archery and athletics to volleyball (beach and indoor) and water skiing! We hope you understand that as a non-profit, one-off event, we have little means to generate revenue to cover the exorbitant cost of putting on these Games resplendent with Athletes Villages, Opening Ceremonies, etc.
To simplify admission at our 40+ competition venues, we ask for a token admission fee of $10.00 for each adult, $5.00 for youth 12 and under and seniors 65 and over, with children age 5 and under admitted free of charge.
Our budget is tight and we really do rely on parents and other spectators to purchase an All-Games Admission Bracelet. You can view it more as a donation to the Games and less as an admission ticket - the bracelet will allow you admission to all sporting events at the Games!
Whether you only wish to watch one sport or a variety of sports all day long, you are asked to please purchase a bracelet in support of the Games.
We will be checking for admission bracelets at most venues - it is impractical at some - but we ask your indulgence in purchasing a bracelet to support the Games initiative.
So we thank you for purchasing an All-Event Admission Bracelet!!
In case you were wondering; if a profit were to be generated by the Games, it must be spent on some deserving aspect of amateur sport in Ottawa