East York’s Michael Crawford among torchbearers named for Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay

Community Mar 16, 2015 by Clark Kim East 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.

East York resident Michael Crawford was selected as a torchbearer after he applied online and wrote in his submission about how integral sports is to him.

The mentality of sports about having the will to win helped him overcome an illness he experienced six years ago.

His children are also into sports with his 12-year-old daughter being an avid snowboarder as well as his 14-year-old son who recently won a medal in a national snowboarding competition in Quebec.

“Sports is a very important thing in our family,” said Crawford, adding that it helps build confidence to do anything.

Crawford added that he was honoured to be chosen to run in the torch relay along with the other worthy recipients announced that day.

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

East York’s Michael Crawford among torchbearers named for Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay

Sports “very important” to the Crawford family

Community Mar 16, 2015 by Clark Kim East 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.

East York resident Michael Crawford was selected as a torchbearer after he applied online and wrote in his submission about how integral sports is to him.

The mentality of sports about having the will to win helped him overcome an illness he experienced six years ago.

His children are also into sports with his 12-year-old daughter being an avid snowboarder as well as his 14-year-old son who recently won a medal in a national snowboarding competition in Quebec.

“Sports is a very important thing in our family,” said Crawford, adding that it helps build confidence to do anything.

Crawford added that he was honoured to be chosen to run in the torch relay along with the other worthy recipients announced that day.

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

East York’s Michael Crawford among torchbearers named for Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay

Sports “very important” to the Crawford family

Community Mar 16, 2015 by Clark Kim East 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.

East York resident Michael Crawford was selected as a torchbearer after he applied online and wrote in his submission about how integral sports is to him.

The mentality of sports about having the will to win helped him overcome an illness he experienced six years ago.

His children are also into sports with his 12-year-old daughter being an avid snowboarder as well as his 14-year-old son who recently won a medal in a national snowboarding competition in Quebec.

“Sports is a very important thing in our family,” said Crawford, adding that it helps build confidence to do anything.

Crawford added that he was honoured to be chosen to run in the torch relay along with the other worthy recipients announced that day.

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