You’re Invited: Celebrate Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Handover Ceremony Oct. 30, 2011

Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games will be the largest international multi-sport competition ever hosted in Canada.

The Toronto 2015 Pan American Games (aka Pan Am Games) will be held July 10-26, 2015 and the Parapan Am Games (aka Parapan American Games) August 7-14, 2015.

Parapan Am Games is like the Paralympics.

Also, the National Olympic Committees of the 42 participating countries make up the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), which coordinates the Pan American Games.

More than 10,000 athletes, coaches and delegates from the Caribbean, Central America, South America and North America will compete in 48 sports at more than 40 venues, spread across 17 municipalities of the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region.

The Pan Am and Parapan Am Games feature a wide range of sports as follows:

  • 28 Olympic Sports,
  • 9 Non-Olympic Sports, and
  • 11 Parapan Sports.

The final roster of sporting events for the Toronto 2015 Games will be finalized in the near future.

Councillor Mark Grimes (Ward 6, Etobicoke — Lakeshore) leads the City of Toronto’s participation in the Games as Chairman of the Mayor’s Pan Am Games Secretariat, shown in this video:

You're Invited: Celebrate Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Handover Ceremony Oct. 30, 2011

Ready…Set…Host! Join TO2015 and YMCA of Greater Toronto on October 30 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. as we celebrate the Guadalajara 2011 Handover Ceremony and the upcoming Juegos Parapanamericanos Guadalajara 2011 (November 12 -20, 2011).

Guadalajara, Mexico is hosting the 2011 Pan American Games October 15 – 30, 2011 and the 2011 Parapan American Games (aka Juegos Parapanamericanos Guadalajara 2011) November 12-20, 2011, leading up to the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.

This Handover Ceremony represents:

  • a passing of the flag from one host country (Guadalajara in 2011) to the next host country (Toronto in 2015) for both Pan Am Games and Parapan Am Games as well as
  • the coming together of great athletes from 42 countries in Toronto in 2015.

Furthermore, the Guadalajara 2011 Pan/Parapan American Games will feature a two-hour Closing Ceremony with:

  • pageantry,
  • imagery,
  • celebration, and
  • both Toronto Handover Ceremonies as part of the Guadalajara 2011 Closing Ceremony

Be sure not to miss the eight-minute creative, Canadian storytelling segment “We’ll See You in Toronto in 2015”, which combines athletics and art in a unique mode to represent contemporary Canada, Ontario and Toronto!

This Closing Ceremony for the Pan Am Games will air Sunday, October 30, 2011 beginning at 8:00 pm (Eastern Time) on CBC Television.

Come Kick Off  the Upcoming Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games!

FREE Admission

Sunday, October 30, 2011
11 am – 2 pm

20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto

A day of fun-filled activities for all ages!

Get your Toronto 2015 celebration on!

Come Celebrate with the TO2015 Organizing Committee at the YMCA.

As the Guadalajara 2011 Pan Am Games draw to a close, the ceremonial handing over of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) flag shifts the Games focus to Toronto in 2015.

And we want you to join us in the excitement.

Running from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in the YMCA gym, help us celebrate the Guadalajara 2011 Games and Toronto as the Host City of the next Pan/Parapan Am Games in 2015.

This kid- and family-friendly event also serves as a showcase for Pan and Parapan Am athletes.

And best of all—it’s free and open to everyone.

Activities for families and kids of all ages include:

  • meet Canadian athletes
  • watch sport demonstrations and
  • try wheelchair basketball
  • try tae kwon do
  • try boccia
  • try rhythmic gymnastics
  • learn to salsa dance
  • kids fun zone
  • make a mask in the arts and crafts area
  • take some wacky photos in the photo booth
  • prizes
  • enjoy some healthy snacks and burn off some energy in the kids’ zone and
  • when it’s finally time to take a break, get inspired and check out some photos from the Guadalajara 2011 Games

Everyone loves a party! Hope to see you there.

Please click here for updates on Team Canada’s journey at the Guadalajara 2011 Pan Am Games and Toronto 2015 Pan American & Parapan American Games.

Contact Info:

Pan Am Toronto 2015
Corus Quay
25 Dockside Drive, 7th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M5A 0B5
Phone: 416-957-2015



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