Catsports has completed the purchase of Sports Equipment of Toronto, further strengthening its position as a Canada-wide leader in the sale of sports and recreational equipment for the institutional market.

Sports Equipment of Toronto will remain a separate company and continue to serve its customer base with the efficiency it’s been known for, for nearly 65 years.

Wayne Wilson, owner and CEO of Sports Equipment of Toronto, is stepping down to retire but will remain involved for the duration of the transition.

“Sports Equipment of Toronto was founded by my late father Ronald Wilson in 1956. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve the institutional market for so many years and I am very proud to hand over the torch to two young entrepreneurs who will certainly be able to maintain the essence of the company while advancing it in an era where e-commerce and social media are a key part of marketing strategies.” Wilson and his wife Patricia, SET office manager, would like to thank their customers for their business and support over the years. “It’s been an amazing run serving so many loyal customers and outstanding suppliers,” adds Wilson.

“Sports Equipment of Toronto represents a true institution in the Canadian sports equipment distribution landscape and we are honored to have the opportunity to continue the tradition, ” said Jean-François Giroux, co-owner of Catsports.

Adds Félix Dion, co-owner of Catsports, said, “The synergies between the two companies are obvious and we are convinced that institutional clients will benefit from combining the know-how of our two companies, which have over 100 years of common experience.”