Through a one-year partnership, Mattamy Homes will provide critical program funding for Canada’s National Track Cycling team as they prepare for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The support provided by Mattamy will help to deliver key resources such as technical services, sport science, logistical support as well as year-round accommodation for Canadian team athletes near the velodrome in Milton, the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.
Mattamy Homes and its founder and CEO Peter Gilgan played vital roles in the development and construction of the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, which hosted the Toronto 2015 Pan-American Games last July.
The facility, Canada’s only UCI-approved 250-m indoor velodrome, is now the home training base for Canada’s National Track Cycling program and has become an invaluable asset for Canada’s cyclists as they target the World Championship and Olympic podium.
“It takes passion and dedication to compete at the level that our national track cycling athletes do, and we’re very proud of all of them for their commitment,” says Gilgan. “To succeed it also takes financial support and access to world-class training and facilities. At Mattamy, we’re very pleased to be able to help and to continue to be associated with cycling excellence as we support our national team on their road to Rio.”
Also on hand for the announcement was three-time Olympic medalist Curt Harnett, as well as six current members of the Canadian National Cycling Team. The athletes are in Milton making their final preparations for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, which will be held March 2 to 6 in London.
“With the velodrome now in place it is fantastic to see the private sector partners once again stepping up to ensure that the athletes have the programs and resources required to fully capitalize on the facility,” says Harnett. “Mr. Gilgan was a clear leader in the development of the velodrome and we’re very grateful for Mattamy’s leadership and support here once again.”
“It’s going to be amazing when the first Canadian cyclists who train here realizes their Olympic dreams, whatever those might be,” says Gilgan.