Games Organizing Committee Co-Chairs
The City of Mississauga is excited to announce the following appointments as Volunteer Co-Chairs for the 2022 Ontario Parasport Games and the 2022 Ontario Summer Games, who will provide direction and support to the GOC Sub-Committee Chairs and work with municipal staff, the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and the Ontario Summer Games to effectively manage and host the 2022 events.
2022 Ontario Parasport Games
Billy Bridges is a Paralympic Gold Medalist in the sport of Sledge Hockey. He is living with the effects of Spina Bifida. His disability hasn’t stopped him from gaining international success as a powerful hockey player. Billy started playing sledge hockey in 1996 and made the National Team at 14 years of age. He holds the record for being the youngest player selected to Canada’s National Sledge Hockey Team. Billy is a 15 year veteran of Team Canada and is one of the top players in the world. He also competes in wheelchair tennis and ranked in the top 200 in the World. Billy started his athletic career competing for his junior high wrestling team and went onto enjoy both skateboarding and mountain biking. He also competed in wheelchair basketball where he was a member of two World Jr. Championship Teams. Billy was named Mississauga Disabled Athlete of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He is a spokesperson for Right to Play, an organization that promotes a healthier and safer world for children through sport. Billy lives in Mississauga with his daughter Kensi and wife Sami Jo Small, a three-time Olympian as the goaltender on Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team.
Susan Stewart is an Olympic athlete. She represented Canada in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics as a member of the Women’s basketball team. Susan also represented Canada as a player at the FIBA World Championship, the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying tournament, the Pan American Games and the FISU World Student Games. Susan has a career, teaching and coaching basketball teams throughout Canada and the United States. She has a long list of accomplishments, including a Masters of Arts Degree in Sports Ministry. In 2005, Susan suffered a tragic accident that left her with a brain injury that threatened to take her life. With years of rehabilitation, she has made it her life’s goal to motivate others to push beyond their limitations. Susan resides in Mississauga, Ontario.
2022 Ontario Summer Games
Born and raised in Mississauga, Janet was first enrolled in tee ball at the age of six before branching into competitive softball at the age of ten. Janet competed for multiple organizations around the GTA, including the Mississauga North Tigers, Oakville Angels, Scarborough Rays, and Brantford Bobcats, and attended The Woodlands Secondary School where she was a five-sport athlete and honour student. After graduating high school, Janet travelled to Providence, Rhode Island to attend Brown University where she earned a degree in Business Entrepreneurship while playing softball throughout all four years of her studies. Janet made her first appearance for Team Canada in 2013 when she competed as part of the Junior Women’s National Team, and made her debut with the Senior National Team in 2016. Throughout her career, Janet has helped Canada win a Bronze medal at the Women’s Softball World Championships in Chiba, Japan in 2018, a Silver medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and most recently a Bronze medal for Canada at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games during softball’s first Olympic appearance since 2008 (softball will not return for the Paris 2024 Games). In addition to her athletic success, Janet is currently enrolled at the DeGroote School of Business where she is studying for a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree. Janet is a CAN Fund #150Women recipient, which helps ease the financial burden for female athletes so they can focus on reaching their full potential.
Born and raised in Mississauga, Natalie began playing softball at the age of five after watching her brothers play baseball, and competed for multiple organizations around the GTA, including the Mississauga North Tigers and the Brantford Bobcats. Natalie attended Streetsville Secondary School where she was awarded Athlete of the Year before taking her talents to the California University of Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management with a concentration in wellness & fitness while playing softball. Currently, Natalie is studying Naturopathic Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Natalie has represented Canada multiple times since debuting with the Women’s National Team in 2012. In 2015, Natalie helped Canada win a Gold medal on home soil at the Pan American Games in Toronto – the medal marked the first Gold by Canada at the tournament since 1983 – as well as Bronze medals at the 2016 and 2018 WBSC Women’s Softball World Championships, and a Silver medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Most recently, Natalie won a Bronze medal for Canada at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games during softball’s first Olympic appearance since 2008 (softball will not return for the Paris 2024 Games). Natalie is a CAN Fund #150Women recipient, which helps ease the financial burden for female athletes so they can focus on reaching their full potential.