Oshawa chooses Norma Douglas as Pan Am Games torch bearer

Community Apr 18, 2015 Oshawa This Week

OSHAWA -- A medal-winning Pan Am athlete is the City of Oshawa’s community torch bearer for the Pan Am Games.

Norma Douglas, 84, competed in the 1955 games in Mexico City where she won a silver medal in synchronized swimming.

Ms. Douglas was a member of the Peterborough Ornamental Swim Club at the time and went on to become a well-known coach, referee and judge in the sport, travelling throughout Canada and the United States. Locally, she founded the Oshawa Synchronized Swimming Club in the 1970s. The organization is now known as the Durham Synchro Club.

She was thrilled to be chosen to carry the torch.

“I feel very privileged, I never thought this would happen to me,” said Ms. Douglas. “This is a nice finishing touch to my Pan Am Games experience. It’s like icing on the cake, a little extra at the end.”

The Pan Am torch will travel through Oshawa on June 5 in advance of the games, scheduled for July 10 to 26. During that period, Oshawa will host weightlifting and boxing at the General Motors Centre.

“I am looking forward to being part of the Pan Am Games again,” said Ms. Douglas. “My biggest memory from the 1955 Pan Am Games in Mexico City is walking into the opening ceremonies with the multitude of talented athletes. With Canada being so high in alphabetical order we got to watch everyone come in after us. It is a moment I’ll never forget.”

Shortly after the Pan Am Games wrap up, the Parapan Games kick off with the torch relay touching down in Oshawa on Aug. 4.

There will be two Parapan Am flames, one leaving Ottawa and one leaving Niagara Falls and they’ll meet in Toronto on Aug. 6 to join together as one flame.

Oshawa residents are invited to apply to be Parapan Am Games torch bearers by visiting www.TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay. Torch bearers must be 13 or older by Aug. 3 and further details are available on that website.

“We’re excited that Oshawa will host the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay here on Tuesday, Aug. 4 and we look forward to welcoming the Parapan Am flame as we showcase our unique heritage and sporting traditions,” said Mayor John Henry.

Metroland Media Group Ltd. is a signature sponsor of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay and 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by Presidents Choice and OLG.

SOURCE: http://www.toronto2015.org

Oshawa chooses Norma Douglas as Pan Am Games torch bearer

Residents invited to apply to carry torch for Parapan Am Games

Community Apr 18, 2015 Oshawa This Week

OSHAWA -- A medal-winning Pan Am athlete is the City of Oshawa’s community torch bearer for the Pan Am Games.

Norma Douglas, 84, competed in the 1955 games in Mexico City where she won a silver medal in synchronized swimming.

Ms. Douglas was a member of the Peterborough Ornamental Swim Club at the time and went on to become a well-known coach, referee and judge in the sport, travelling throughout Canada and the United States. Locally, she founded the Oshawa Synchronized Swimming Club in the 1970s. The organization is now known as the Durham Synchro Club.

She was thrilled to be chosen to carry the torch.

“I feel very privileged, I never thought this would happen to me,” said Ms. Douglas. “This is a nice finishing touch to my Pan Am Games experience. It’s like icing on the cake, a little extra at the end.”

The Pan Am torch will travel through Oshawa on June 5 in advance of the games, scheduled for July 10 to 26. During that period, Oshawa will host weightlifting and boxing at the General Motors Centre.

“I am looking forward to being part of the Pan Am Games again,” said Ms. Douglas. “My biggest memory from the 1955 Pan Am Games in Mexico City is walking into the opening ceremonies with the multitude of talented athletes. With Canada being so high in alphabetical order we got to watch everyone come in after us. It is a moment I’ll never forget.”

Shortly after the Pan Am Games wrap up, the Parapan Games kick off with the torch relay touching down in Oshawa on Aug. 4.

There will be two Parapan Am flames, one leaving Ottawa and one leaving Niagara Falls and they’ll meet in Toronto on Aug. 6 to join together as one flame.

Oshawa residents are invited to apply to be Parapan Am Games torch bearers by visiting www.TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay. Torch bearers must be 13 or older by Aug. 3 and further details are available on that website.

“We’re excited that Oshawa will host the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay here on Tuesday, Aug. 4 and we look forward to welcoming the Parapan Am flame as we showcase our unique heritage and sporting traditions,” said Mayor John Henry.

Metroland Media Group Ltd. is a signature sponsor of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay and 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by Presidents Choice and OLG.

SOURCE: http://www.toronto2015.org

Oshawa chooses Norma Douglas as Pan Am Games torch bearer

Residents invited to apply to carry torch for Parapan Am Games

Community Apr 18, 2015 Oshawa This Week

OSHAWA -- A medal-winning Pan Am athlete is the City of Oshawa’s community torch bearer for the Pan Am Games.

Norma Douglas, 84, competed in the 1955 games in Mexico City where she won a silver medal in synchronized swimming.

Ms. Douglas was a member of the Peterborough Ornamental Swim Club at the time and went on to become a well-known coach, referee and judge in the sport, travelling throughout Canada and the United States. Locally, she founded the Oshawa Synchronized Swimming Club in the 1970s. The organization is now known as the Durham Synchro Club.

She was thrilled to be chosen to carry the torch.

“I feel very privileged, I never thought this would happen to me,” said Ms. Douglas. “This is a nice finishing touch to my Pan Am Games experience. It’s like icing on the cake, a little extra at the end.”

The Pan Am torch will travel through Oshawa on June 5 in advance of the games, scheduled for July 10 to 26. During that period, Oshawa will host weightlifting and boxing at the General Motors Centre.

“I am looking forward to being part of the Pan Am Games again,” said Ms. Douglas. “My biggest memory from the 1955 Pan Am Games in Mexico City is walking into the opening ceremonies with the multitude of talented athletes. With Canada being so high in alphabetical order we got to watch everyone come in after us. It is a moment I’ll never forget.”

Shortly after the Pan Am Games wrap up, the Parapan Games kick off with the torch relay touching down in Oshawa on Aug. 4.

There will be two Parapan Am flames, one leaving Ottawa and one leaving Niagara Falls and they’ll meet in Toronto on Aug. 6 to join together as one flame.

Oshawa residents are invited to apply to be Parapan Am Games torch bearers by visiting www.TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay. Torch bearers must be 13 or older by Aug. 3 and further details are available on that website.

“We’re excited that Oshawa will host the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay here on Tuesday, Aug. 4 and we look forward to welcoming the Parapan Am flame as we showcase our unique heritage and sporting traditions,” said Mayor John Henry.

Metroland Media Group Ltd. is a signature sponsor of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay and 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by Presidents Choice and OLG.

SOURCE: http://www.toronto2015.org