Hamilton's Pan Am torch bearers ready for their big day

Community May 01, 2015 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Esther Pauls is brimming with excitement for the 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

“I’m so excited. I’m ready to go right now,” said Pauls, race director for Hamilton’s Road2Hope Marathon.

A running clinic leader at The Runner’s Den, Pauls is one of nine torch bearers who were introduced April 30 by Hamilton’s Pan Am Games committee at the Tourism Hamilton Visitors’ Centre on James Street North.

The visitors’ centre has been decorated with flags to represent the 12 nations who will compete at the Pan Am soccer event in Hamilton.

Other torch bearers are swimmer Alex Parent, professional lacrosse player Johnny Powless, diversity advocate Lloyd Turner, former Hamilton Tiger-Cat Melvin Hawkrigg, former Olympic cyclist Susan Palmer-Komar, CHML radio personality Ted Michaels, student Adrian Strassburger and Second World War veteran Alex Cherney.

The Pan Am torch arrives in Hamilton on June 21, which also happens to be Father’s Day. The 41-day, 20,000-kilometre relay begins on May 30 and ends on July 10.

Hamilton will welcome the torch relay during the annual Aboriginal Day celebrations at Gage Park. Daytime celebrations are also being planned by business improvement areas in Ancaster, Dundas and Waterdown, as well as a small welcoming ceremony in Winona.

A complete torch relay route is expected to be released later this month.

Hamilton’s grand torch relay event will occur in the evening of June 21 at Pier 8 Park, with the lighting of the ceremonial cauldron. The torch will depart from Hamilton’s CIBC Pan Am Stadium, also known as Tim Hortons Field, the next day.

Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson, chair of the city’s Pan Am Stadium subcommittee, said he’s confident the still-delayed stadium will be ready in time for the games.

“We’ve had our challenges getting the stadium completed, but we’re very close to the finish line,” said Ferguson. “We are soccer central, so we’re looking forward to showing off our Pan Am community to the world.”

Along with official Team Canada apparel, each of the torch bearers received a framed, limited edition print of the Pan Am torch, which depicts abstract images of the 36 sports.

The 2015 Pan Am Games run from July 10-26.

Hamilton's Pan Am torch bearers ready for their big day

Community May 01, 2015 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Esther Pauls is brimming with excitement for the 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

“I’m so excited. I’m ready to go right now,” said Pauls, race director for Hamilton’s Road2Hope Marathon.

A running clinic leader at The Runner’s Den, Pauls is one of nine torch bearers who were introduced April 30 by Hamilton’s Pan Am Games committee at the Tourism Hamilton Visitors’ Centre on James Street North.

The visitors’ centre has been decorated with flags to represent the 12 nations who will compete at the Pan Am soccer event in Hamilton.

Other torch bearers are swimmer Alex Parent, professional lacrosse player Johnny Powless, diversity advocate Lloyd Turner, former Hamilton Tiger-Cat Melvin Hawkrigg, former Olympic cyclist Susan Palmer-Komar, CHML radio personality Ted Michaels, student Adrian Strassburger and Second World War veteran Alex Cherney.

The Pan Am torch arrives in Hamilton on June 21, which also happens to be Father’s Day. The 41-day, 20,000-kilometre relay begins on May 30 and ends on July 10.

Hamilton will welcome the torch relay during the annual Aboriginal Day celebrations at Gage Park. Daytime celebrations are also being planned by business improvement areas in Ancaster, Dundas and Waterdown, as well as a small welcoming ceremony in Winona.

A complete torch relay route is expected to be released later this month.

Hamilton’s grand torch relay event will occur in the evening of June 21 at Pier 8 Park, with the lighting of the ceremonial cauldron. The torch will depart from Hamilton’s CIBC Pan Am Stadium, also known as Tim Hortons Field, the next day.

Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson, chair of the city’s Pan Am Stadium subcommittee, said he’s confident the still-delayed stadium will be ready in time for the games.

“We’ve had our challenges getting the stadium completed, but we’re very close to the finish line,” said Ferguson. “We are soccer central, so we’re looking forward to showing off our Pan Am community to the world.”

Along with official Team Canada apparel, each of the torch bearers received a framed, limited edition print of the Pan Am torch, which depicts abstract images of the 36 sports.

The 2015 Pan Am Games run from July 10-26.

Hamilton's Pan Am torch bearers ready for their big day

Community May 01, 2015 by Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News

Esther Pauls is brimming with excitement for the 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

“I’m so excited. I’m ready to go right now,” said Pauls, race director for Hamilton’s Road2Hope Marathon.

A running clinic leader at The Runner’s Den, Pauls is one of nine torch bearers who were introduced April 30 by Hamilton’s Pan Am Games committee at the Tourism Hamilton Visitors’ Centre on James Street North.

The visitors’ centre has been decorated with flags to represent the 12 nations who will compete at the Pan Am soccer event in Hamilton.

Other torch bearers are swimmer Alex Parent, professional lacrosse player Johnny Powless, diversity advocate Lloyd Turner, former Hamilton Tiger-Cat Melvin Hawkrigg, former Olympic cyclist Susan Palmer-Komar, CHML radio personality Ted Michaels, student Adrian Strassburger and Second World War veteran Alex Cherney.

The Pan Am torch arrives in Hamilton on June 21, which also happens to be Father’s Day. The 41-day, 20,000-kilometre relay begins on May 30 and ends on July 10.

Hamilton will welcome the torch relay during the annual Aboriginal Day celebrations at Gage Park. Daytime celebrations are also being planned by business improvement areas in Ancaster, Dundas and Waterdown, as well as a small welcoming ceremony in Winona.

A complete torch relay route is expected to be released later this month.

Hamilton’s grand torch relay event will occur in the evening of June 21 at Pier 8 Park, with the lighting of the ceremonial cauldron. The torch will depart from Hamilton’s CIBC Pan Am Stadium, also known as Tim Hortons Field, the next day.

Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson, chair of the city’s Pan Am Stadium subcommittee, said he’s confident the still-delayed stadium will be ready in time for the games.

“We’ve had our challenges getting the stadium completed, but we’re very close to the finish line,” said Ferguson. “We are soccer central, so we’re looking forward to showing off our Pan Am community to the world.”

Along with official Team Canada apparel, each of the torch bearers received a framed, limited edition print of the Pan Am torch, which depicts abstract images of the 36 sports.

The 2015 Pan Am Games run from July 10-26.