Parapan Am Games torchbearers contest now underway

Community Apr 09, 2015 by Ali Raza Beach Mirror

Paralympic champion Chelsey Gotell kicked off the start of the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games torchbearer contest at the CN Tower this week.

As one of the torchbearers, Gotell was ecstatic to have the opportunity to not only carry the Parapan Am torch, but also support the legacy of the Parapan Am Games.

“I’m honoured to be one of the first official torchbearers,” she said April 7.

“Someday there will be athletes out there saying ‘I found out about Paralympic sports through the Toronto 2015 Games.”

“To me, that is the true legacy of these games,” Gotell added.

A legacy that will further enhance and promote paralympic sports for future generations, is what Gotell believes is “beyond the facilities and beyond the games.”

Canadians are invited to be torchbearers for the unprecedented torch relay that will involve two flames, 12 communities and 250 torchbearers from across the country.

The five-day journey will bring the two torches – one lit in Ottawa (east flame) and the other lit in Niagara Falls (west flame) – to Toronto just before the opening ceremony of the Parapan Am Games on Aug. 7 when they will join to become one flame.

Communities welcoming the torch will have their own festivities and celebrations that will be announced closer to the date.

Anyone aged 13 and up by Aug. 3, 2015, can enter to be a torchbearer.

Gotell added that athletes, spectators and Canadians from coast to coast “have a responsibility to inspire the next generation to get involved in sport.”

Gotell competed in three Paralympic Games, at Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

She has a total of three gold medals, two silver medals and seven bronze medals from her career as a Paralympic swimmer.

Having already been a torchbearer for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay, Gotell will continue her role as a Paralympic pioneer as torchbearer for the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay.

To enter the torchbearer contest or for more info, visit toronto2015.org/torch-relay

Parapan Am Games torchbearers contest now underway

Paralympic medal-winning swimmer Chelsey Gotell announces torch relay route at CN Tower

Community Apr 09, 2015 by Ali Raza Beach Mirror

Paralympic champion Chelsey Gotell kicked off the start of the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games torchbearer contest at the CN Tower this week.

As one of the torchbearers, Gotell was ecstatic to have the opportunity to not only carry the Parapan Am torch, but also support the legacy of the Parapan Am Games.

“I’m honoured to be one of the first official torchbearers,” she said April 7.

“Someday there will be athletes out there saying ‘I found out about Paralympic sports through the Toronto 2015 Games.”

“To me, that is the true legacy of these games,” Gotell added.

A legacy that will further enhance and promote paralympic sports for future generations, is what Gotell believes is “beyond the facilities and beyond the games.”

Canadians are invited to be torchbearers for the unprecedented torch relay that will involve two flames, 12 communities and 250 torchbearers from across the country.

The five-day journey will bring the two torches – one lit in Ottawa (east flame) and the other lit in Niagara Falls (west flame) – to Toronto just before the opening ceremony of the Parapan Am Games on Aug. 7 when they will join to become one flame.

Communities welcoming the torch will have their own festivities and celebrations that will be announced closer to the date.

Anyone aged 13 and up by Aug. 3, 2015, can enter to be a torchbearer.

Gotell added that athletes, spectators and Canadians from coast to coast “have a responsibility to inspire the next generation to get involved in sport.”

Gotell competed in three Paralympic Games, at Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

She has a total of three gold medals, two silver medals and seven bronze medals from her career as a Paralympic swimmer.

Having already been a torchbearer for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay, Gotell will continue her role as a Paralympic pioneer as torchbearer for the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay.

To enter the torchbearer contest or for more info, visit toronto2015.org/torch-relay

Parapan Am Games torchbearers contest now underway

Paralympic medal-winning swimmer Chelsey Gotell announces torch relay route at CN Tower

Community Apr 09, 2015 by Ali Raza Beach Mirror

Paralympic champion Chelsey Gotell kicked off the start of the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games torchbearer contest at the CN Tower this week.

As one of the torchbearers, Gotell was ecstatic to have the opportunity to not only carry the Parapan Am torch, but also support the legacy of the Parapan Am Games.

“I’m honoured to be one of the first official torchbearers,” she said April 7.

“Someday there will be athletes out there saying ‘I found out about Paralympic sports through the Toronto 2015 Games.”

“To me, that is the true legacy of these games,” Gotell added.

A legacy that will further enhance and promote paralympic sports for future generations, is what Gotell believes is “beyond the facilities and beyond the games.”

Canadians are invited to be torchbearers for the unprecedented torch relay that will involve two flames, 12 communities and 250 torchbearers from across the country.

The five-day journey will bring the two torches – one lit in Ottawa (east flame) and the other lit in Niagara Falls (west flame) – to Toronto just before the opening ceremony of the Parapan Am Games on Aug. 7 when they will join to become one flame.

Communities welcoming the torch will have their own festivities and celebrations that will be announced closer to the date.

Anyone aged 13 and up by Aug. 3, 2015, can enter to be a torchbearer.

Gotell added that athletes, spectators and Canadians from coast to coast “have a responsibility to inspire the next generation to get involved in sport.”

Gotell competed in three Paralympic Games, at Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

She has a total of three gold medals, two silver medals and seven bronze medals from her career as a Paralympic swimmer.

Having already been a torchbearer for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay, Gotell will continue her role as a Paralympic pioneer as torchbearer for the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay.

To enter the torchbearer contest or for more info, visit toronto2015.org/torch-relay