Crowd gathers in Commerce Court to mark two-year countdown to Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

Community Jul 10, 2013 by Michele McLean City Centre Mirror

A celebration was held today to mark the two-year countdown to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

The Games organizing committee (TO2015) planned celebrations in 10 locations in the Golden Horseshoe including downtown Toronto’s Commerce Court.

The opening ceremony for the Pan Am/Parapan Games will be happening on July 10, 2015.

Along with demonstrations of BMX jumping and a trampoline routine by Etobicoke’s Olympic silver medallist Jason Burnett, a ceremony was held with various speakers including wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy.

“In 2015 I plan to be right here competing for gold,” Cassidy said, who won both the 2012 Boston Marathon and 2010 London Marathon. “This will be the first time I’m competing in my hometown of Toronto,” he said.  

Roger Garland, TO2015 chairman of the board welcomed the crowd gathered in the court.

“Let’s celebrate because there is a lot to celebrate,” he said. “This is a special day for Toronto. Today is just a preview of the spirit and excitement that the games will ignite. Let’s get excited Toronto,” he said. “The games are coming.”

Minister of State (sport) and MP for Bramalea-Gore-Malton Bal Gosal spoke to the crowd.

“The countdown has begun,” Gosal said. “We will be hosting one of the largest international multicultural sports events in Canadian history.”

He added the facilities being built for the games will be used long after the games are over.

“The excitement is growing,” he said. “The Golden Horseshoe will be the place to be in 2015.”

Ontario’s Minister for Tourism and Culture Michael Chan said his government has kept pace in the building of the facilities needed for the Games.

“Our government is proud to bring the games to the country,” said Chan.

Marcel Aubut, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee told the crowd he saw the pride of Canadians at the Vancouver Olympic Games.

“In Toronto 2015, we will see that pride again,” he said. “Our goal is we want to finish in the top two nations. I prefer the top one.”

Mayor Rob Ford officially declared July 10, 2013 to be Pan Am/Parapan Am Day in celebration of the two-year countdown to the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

“I am very proud to proclaim Pan Am/Parapan Am Day in our great city,” Ford said. “Hosting the 2015 Games will strengthen Toronto’s international reputation, further increase economic development opportunities across the city and create a sport and infrastructure legacy while showcasing Toronto as a dynamic and diverse city.”

In all 10 communities special murals created by artist David Arrigo were unveiled. The artwork will be on display at the various venues throughout the Golden Horseshoe and will remain in the communities to be mementos from the Games.

Crowd gathers in Commerce Court to mark two-year countdown to Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

Community Jul 10, 2013 by Michele McLean City Centre Mirror

A celebration was held today to mark the two-year countdown to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

The Games organizing committee (TO2015) planned celebrations in 10 locations in the Golden Horseshoe including downtown Toronto’s Commerce Court.

The opening ceremony for the Pan Am/Parapan Games will be happening on July 10, 2015.

Along with demonstrations of BMX jumping and a trampoline routine by Etobicoke’s Olympic silver medallist Jason Burnett, a ceremony was held with various speakers including wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy.

“In 2015 I plan to be right here competing for gold,” Cassidy said, who won both the 2012 Boston Marathon and 2010 London Marathon. “This will be the first time I’m competing in my hometown of Toronto,” he said.  

Roger Garland, TO2015 chairman of the board welcomed the crowd gathered in the court.

“Let’s celebrate because there is a lot to celebrate,” he said. “This is a special day for Toronto. Today is just a preview of the spirit and excitement that the games will ignite. Let’s get excited Toronto,” he said. “The games are coming.”

Minister of State (sport) and MP for Bramalea-Gore-Malton Bal Gosal spoke to the crowd.

“The countdown has begun,” Gosal said. “We will be hosting one of the largest international multicultural sports events in Canadian history.”

He added the facilities being built for the games will be used long after the games are over.

“The excitement is growing,” he said. “The Golden Horseshoe will be the place to be in 2015.”

Ontario’s Minister for Tourism and Culture Michael Chan said his government has kept pace in the building of the facilities needed for the Games.

“Our government is proud to bring the games to the country,” said Chan.

Marcel Aubut, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee told the crowd he saw the pride of Canadians at the Vancouver Olympic Games.

“In Toronto 2015, we will see that pride again,” he said. “Our goal is we want to finish in the top two nations. I prefer the top one.”

Mayor Rob Ford officially declared July 10, 2013 to be Pan Am/Parapan Am Day in celebration of the two-year countdown to the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

“I am very proud to proclaim Pan Am/Parapan Am Day in our great city,” Ford said. “Hosting the 2015 Games will strengthen Toronto’s international reputation, further increase economic development opportunities across the city and create a sport and infrastructure legacy while showcasing Toronto as a dynamic and diverse city.”

In all 10 communities special murals created by artist David Arrigo were unveiled. The artwork will be on display at the various venues throughout the Golden Horseshoe and will remain in the communities to be mementos from the Games.

Crowd gathers in Commerce Court to mark two-year countdown to Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

Community Jul 10, 2013 by Michele McLean City Centre Mirror

A celebration was held today to mark the two-year countdown to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

The Games organizing committee (TO2015) planned celebrations in 10 locations in the Golden Horseshoe including downtown Toronto’s Commerce Court.

The opening ceremony for the Pan Am/Parapan Games will be happening on July 10, 2015.

Along with demonstrations of BMX jumping and a trampoline routine by Etobicoke’s Olympic silver medallist Jason Burnett, a ceremony was held with various speakers including wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy.

“In 2015 I plan to be right here competing for gold,” Cassidy said, who won both the 2012 Boston Marathon and 2010 London Marathon. “This will be the first time I’m competing in my hometown of Toronto,” he said.  

Roger Garland, TO2015 chairman of the board welcomed the crowd gathered in the court.

“Let’s celebrate because there is a lot to celebrate,” he said. “This is a special day for Toronto. Today is just a preview of the spirit and excitement that the games will ignite. Let’s get excited Toronto,” he said. “The games are coming.”

Minister of State (sport) and MP for Bramalea-Gore-Malton Bal Gosal spoke to the crowd.

“The countdown has begun,” Gosal said. “We will be hosting one of the largest international multicultural sports events in Canadian history.”

He added the facilities being built for the games will be used long after the games are over.

“The excitement is growing,” he said. “The Golden Horseshoe will be the place to be in 2015.”

Ontario’s Minister for Tourism and Culture Michael Chan said his government has kept pace in the building of the facilities needed for the Games.

“Our government is proud to bring the games to the country,” said Chan.

Marcel Aubut, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee told the crowd he saw the pride of Canadians at the Vancouver Olympic Games.

“In Toronto 2015, we will see that pride again,” he said. “Our goal is we want to finish in the top two nations. I prefer the top one.”

Mayor Rob Ford officially declared July 10, 2013 to be Pan Am/Parapan Am Day in celebration of the two-year countdown to the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

“I am very proud to proclaim Pan Am/Parapan Am Day in our great city,” Ford said. “Hosting the 2015 Games will strengthen Toronto’s international reputation, further increase economic development opportunities across the city and create a sport and infrastructure legacy while showcasing Toronto as a dynamic and diverse city.”

In all 10 communities special murals created by artist David Arrigo were unveiled. The artwork will be on display at the various venues throughout the Golden Horseshoe and will remain in the communities to be mementos from the Games.