Pan Am Games torchbearers announced in North York

Community Mar 16, 2015 by Clark Kim North York Mirror

The Pan Am Torch was unveiled Monday, March 16 at the Ontario Science Centre along with the names of the first torchbearers who will be carrying the flame across the country.

“It will be seen by millions. It will bring Canadians together,” said Saad Rafi, CEO of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games (TO2015). “These Games are going to be special.”

About 3,000 torchbearers in total are expected to complete, on average, a 200-metre segment during the 41-day torch relay.

Dignitaries in attendance included Toronto Mayor John Tory, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, and TO2015 board chair David Peterson, who each announced one of the first nine torchbearers at the event.

Francis Atta, who came from Ghana at the age of six and lived in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood for more than 20 years, was selected as one of the City of Toronto representatives.

The child and youth worker, who graduated from George Brown College at the top of his class, was acknowledged by the mayor as an example for kids who grew up with challenges in life but made the most of it.

“This is more about inspiring the youth of our neighbourhood,” added Atta, 28, noting he’s proud to represent his community. “It’s not for me. This is for all of us. There are good people that come from Jane and Finch.”

Patricia Israel, 63, who lives in the Victoria Park Avenue and O’Connor Drive area, said she was “absolutely thrilled” after being notified she was chosen to be a torchbearer.

Israel applied online where she wrote about her love for sports and how she’s been able use sports to keep active in a wheelchair.

“It’s an honour,” she said, especially looking forward to having Toronto host the largest multi-sport event to be held in Canada. “It’s going to be busy but it’s our city and it’s a great city.”

Triathlete Simon Whitfield, who won medals in both the Olympic and Pan Am Games, will also be one of the torchbearers as he was in the Vancouver Olympic Games.

“I felt so much responsibility for something that was so important,” recalled Whitfield, adding the torch relay really brings a sense of community.

Thousands of torchbearers will carry the torch through 130 communities with the relay in Canada starting May 30 and making its final stop on July 10 at the opening ceremony of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

For more information about the relay, visit www.toronto2015.org/torch-relay/pan-am-games

Pan Am Games torchbearers announced in North York

Community Mar 16, 2015 by Clark Kim North York Mirror

The Pan Am Torch was unveiled Monday, March 16 at the Ontario Science Centre along with the names of the first torchbearers who will be carrying the flame across the country.

“It will be seen by millions. It will bring Canadians together,” said Saad Rafi, CEO of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games (TO2015). “These Games are going to be special.”

About 3,000 torchbearers in total are expected to complete, on average, a 200-metre segment during the 41-day torch relay.

Dignitaries in attendance included Toronto Mayor John Tory, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, and TO2015 board chair David Peterson, who each announced one of the first nine torchbearers at the event.

Francis Atta, who came from Ghana at the age of six and lived in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood for more than 20 years, was selected as one of the City of Toronto representatives.

The child and youth worker, who graduated from George Brown College at the top of his class, was acknowledged by the mayor as an example for kids who grew up with challenges in life but made the most of it.

“This is more about inspiring the youth of our neighbourhood,” added Atta, 28, noting he’s proud to represent his community. “It’s not for me. This is for all of us. There are good people that come from Jane and Finch.”

Patricia Israel, 63, who lives in the Victoria Park Avenue and O’Connor Drive area, said she was “absolutely thrilled” after being notified she was chosen to be a torchbearer.

Israel applied online where she wrote about her love for sports and how she’s been able use sports to keep active in a wheelchair.

“It’s an honour,” she said, especially looking forward to having Toronto host the largest multi-sport event to be held in Canada. “It’s going to be busy but it’s our city and it’s a great city.”

Triathlete Simon Whitfield, who won medals in both the Olympic and Pan Am Games, will also be one of the torchbearers as he was in the Vancouver Olympic Games.

“I felt so much responsibility for something that was so important,” recalled Whitfield, adding the torch relay really brings a sense of community.

Thousands of torchbearers will carry the torch through 130 communities with the relay in Canada starting May 30 and making its final stop on July 10 at the opening ceremony of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

For more information about the relay, visit www.toronto2015.org/torch-relay/pan-am-games

Pan Am Games torchbearers announced in North York

Community Mar 16, 2015 by Clark Kim North York Mirror

The Pan Am Torch was unveiled Monday, March 16 at the Ontario Science Centre along with the names of the first torchbearers who will be carrying the flame across the country.

“It will be seen by millions. It will bring Canadians together,” said Saad Rafi, CEO of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games (TO2015). “These Games are going to be special.”

About 3,000 torchbearers in total are expected to complete, on average, a 200-metre segment during the 41-day torch relay.

Dignitaries in attendance included Toronto Mayor John Tory, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, and TO2015 board chair David Peterson, who each announced one of the first nine torchbearers at the event.

Francis Atta, who came from Ghana at the age of six and lived in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood for more than 20 years, was selected as one of the City of Toronto representatives.

The child and youth worker, who graduated from George Brown College at the top of his class, was acknowledged by the mayor as an example for kids who grew up with challenges in life but made the most of it.

“This is more about inspiring the youth of our neighbourhood,” added Atta, 28, noting he’s proud to represent his community. “It’s not for me. This is for all of us. There are good people that come from Jane and Finch.”

Patricia Israel, 63, who lives in the Victoria Park Avenue and O’Connor Drive area, said she was “absolutely thrilled” after being notified she was chosen to be a torchbearer.

Israel applied online where she wrote about her love for sports and how she’s been able use sports to keep active in a wheelchair.

“It’s an honour,” she said, especially looking forward to having Toronto host the largest multi-sport event to be held in Canada. “It’s going to be busy but it’s our city and it’s a great city.”

Triathlete Simon Whitfield, who won medals in both the Olympic and Pan Am Games, will also be one of the torchbearers as he was in the Vancouver Olympic Games.

“I felt so much responsibility for something that was so important,” recalled Whitfield, adding the torch relay really brings a sense of community.

Thousands of torchbearers will carry the torch through 130 communities with the relay in Canada starting May 30 and making its final stop on July 10 at the opening ceremony of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

For more information about the relay, visit www.toronto2015.org/torch-relay/pan-am-games