Pan Am Notebook: High school fields to be used for soccer practices

Community Jan 12, 2015 by Steve Milton The Hamilton Spectator

High school fields to be used for Pan Am soccer practices

Three Catholic high schools in Hamilton have been added to the revised practice schedule for the soccer tournament of July's Pan Am Games.

Fields at St. Thomas More, St. Jean de Brébeuf and Bishop Ryan high schools will be used for practices by the 16 (eight men's and eight women's) teams who will play at Hamilton's CIBC Pan Am Stadium from July 11 to 26. City View Park in northwest Burlington will be used for soccer workouts.

In the original schedule, soccer practices were to be held in Oakville and Mississauga. But Toronto2015, the organizing committee, has since decided to create a satellite athletes village for soccer players at McMaster for the duration of the Games. The committee was concerned about the length, and uncertainty, of the commute along the QEW from the main athletes' village on the east side of downtown Toronto.

When the accommodation and travel routes changed, practice sites closer to Mac were required.

Practices are not open to the public.

Hamilton is first to hit volunteer goal

Hamilton was the first host municipality to reach its target for recruiting volunteers for the Pan Am Games.

Toronto2015 had set a goal of 1,500 volunteers from the Hamilton area and, according to Coralee Secore, manager of Pan Am initiatives, 2,833 were successfully recruited.

The process (which includes security checks) has started to match candidates to specific volunteer jobs, but people who put their names forward and aren't selected still have plenty of opportunities to offer their services. On top of the 1,500 required by the central organizing committee, the Hamilton Pan Am Initiatives committee will need hundreds of volunteers for its cultural and social events around the city during the Games.

It's likely there will also be some attrition among the volunteers who are selected, so Hamilton is keeping its volunteer application process open. City representatives at the Commonwealth Games found that a significant number of volunteers dropped out before the Games began.

Torchbearer nomination deadline Wednesday

Wednesday is the deadline to nominate community torchbearers who will carry the Pan Am Games flame into and out of local events commemorating the Torch Relay's arrival in Hamilton, scheduled for sometime in the middle of June.

Nominees must be 13 years or older by May 30 and have shown a commitment to sport and community engagement and healthy living.

Entry forms are available at www.hamilton.ca and should be submitted to panam@hamilton.ca

Torch bearers for other parts of the 42-day relay were selected through a contest which closed Dec. 1. Successful entrants from that contest will be announced in mid-March.

Compiled by Steve Milton

Pan Am Notebook: High school fields to be used for soccer practices

Community Jan 12, 2015 by Steve Milton The Hamilton Spectator

High school fields to be used for Pan Am soccer practices

Three Catholic high schools in Hamilton have been added to the revised practice schedule for the soccer tournament of July's Pan Am Games.

Fields at St. Thomas More, St. Jean de Brébeuf and Bishop Ryan high schools will be used for practices by the 16 (eight men's and eight women's) teams who will play at Hamilton's CIBC Pan Am Stadium from July 11 to 26. City View Park in northwest Burlington will be used for soccer workouts.

In the original schedule, soccer practices were to be held in Oakville and Mississauga. But Toronto2015, the organizing committee, has since decided to create a satellite athletes village for soccer players at McMaster for the duration of the Games. The committee was concerned about the length, and uncertainty, of the commute along the QEW from the main athletes' village on the east side of downtown Toronto.

When the accommodation and travel routes changed, practice sites closer to Mac were required.

Practices are not open to the public.

Hamilton is first to hit volunteer goal

Hamilton was the first host municipality to reach its target for recruiting volunteers for the Pan Am Games.

Toronto2015 had set a goal of 1,500 volunteers from the Hamilton area and, according to Coralee Secore, manager of Pan Am initiatives, 2,833 were successfully recruited.

The process (which includes security checks) has started to match candidates to specific volunteer jobs, but people who put their names forward and aren't selected still have plenty of opportunities to offer their services. On top of the 1,500 required by the central organizing committee, the Hamilton Pan Am Initiatives committee will need hundreds of volunteers for its cultural and social events around the city during the Games.

It's likely there will also be some attrition among the volunteers who are selected, so Hamilton is keeping its volunteer application process open. City representatives at the Commonwealth Games found that a significant number of volunteers dropped out before the Games began.

Torchbearer nomination deadline Wednesday

Wednesday is the deadline to nominate community torchbearers who will carry the Pan Am Games flame into and out of local events commemorating the Torch Relay's arrival in Hamilton, scheduled for sometime in the middle of June.

Nominees must be 13 years or older by May 30 and have shown a commitment to sport and community engagement and healthy living.

Entry forms are available at www.hamilton.ca and should be submitted to panam@hamilton.ca

Torch bearers for other parts of the 42-day relay were selected through a contest which closed Dec. 1. Successful entrants from that contest will be announced in mid-March.

Compiled by Steve Milton

Pan Am Notebook: High school fields to be used for soccer practices

Community Jan 12, 2015 by Steve Milton The Hamilton Spectator

High school fields to be used for Pan Am soccer practices

Three Catholic high schools in Hamilton have been added to the revised practice schedule for the soccer tournament of July's Pan Am Games.

Fields at St. Thomas More, St. Jean de Brébeuf and Bishop Ryan high schools will be used for practices by the 16 (eight men's and eight women's) teams who will play at Hamilton's CIBC Pan Am Stadium from July 11 to 26. City View Park in northwest Burlington will be used for soccer workouts.

In the original schedule, soccer practices were to be held in Oakville and Mississauga. But Toronto2015, the organizing committee, has since decided to create a satellite athletes village for soccer players at McMaster for the duration of the Games. The committee was concerned about the length, and uncertainty, of the commute along the QEW from the main athletes' village on the east side of downtown Toronto.

When the accommodation and travel routes changed, practice sites closer to Mac were required.

Practices are not open to the public.

Hamilton is first to hit volunteer goal

Hamilton was the first host municipality to reach its target for recruiting volunteers for the Pan Am Games.

Toronto2015 had set a goal of 1,500 volunteers from the Hamilton area and, according to Coralee Secore, manager of Pan Am initiatives, 2,833 were successfully recruited.

The process (which includes security checks) has started to match candidates to specific volunteer jobs, but people who put their names forward and aren't selected still have plenty of opportunities to offer their services. On top of the 1,500 required by the central organizing committee, the Hamilton Pan Am Initiatives committee will need hundreds of volunteers for its cultural and social events around the city during the Games.

It's likely there will also be some attrition among the volunteers who are selected, so Hamilton is keeping its volunteer application process open. City representatives at the Commonwealth Games found that a significant number of volunteers dropped out before the Games began.

Torchbearer nomination deadline Wednesday

Wednesday is the deadline to nominate community torchbearers who will carry the Pan Am Games flame into and out of local events commemorating the Torch Relay's arrival in Hamilton, scheduled for sometime in the middle of June.

Nominees must be 13 years or older by May 30 and have shown a commitment to sport and community engagement and healthy living.

Entry forms are available at www.hamilton.ca and should be submitted to panam@hamilton.ca

Torch bearers for other parts of the 42-day relay were selected through a contest which closed Dec. 1. Successful entrants from that contest will be announced in mid-March.

Compiled by Steve Milton