Rally backs 2015 Pan Am Games bid

News Aug 20, 2009 Ancaster News

Athletes offered motivational speeches, children marched in an opening ceremony and young fans gathered to rally in support of Hamilton’s bid to host the 2015 Pan American Games.

Children wore T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “I am Pan Am,” during Wednesday’s rally outside the Ancaster Rotary Centre.

Alexandra Orlando, one of Canada’s top rythmic gymnasts, told the young crowd the 2015 games are an opportunity of a lifetime for today’s young ahletes. A joint bid by Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe area is being considered along with bids from Bogotá, Colombia and Lima, Peru.

A final selection is anticipated by November.

Showing a confident swagger, Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger said city recreation and tourism staff is working hard to make the games a reality.

“They will hopefully be the happiest people come November when we win the Pan Am Games bid,” Mr. Eisenberger said. He credited the work of the late Gene Sutton for her vision to bring the games home to Hamilton.

Chris Rudge, chief executive officer of the Canadian Olympic Committee, said Hamilton stands to receive better facilities, including a new multi-use stadium, cycling velodrome and 50- metre pool. He also predicted some young athletes in the crowd will move on to represent Canada at a future Pan Am Games.

“You’re there. You don’t know who you are yet, but if you work hard enough, you’ll be there,” he said.

Rally backs 2015 Pan Am Games bid

News Aug 20, 2009 Ancaster News

Athletes offered motivational speeches, children marched in an opening ceremony and young fans gathered to rally in support of Hamilton’s bid to host the 2015 Pan American Games.

Children wore T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “I am Pan Am,” during Wednesday’s rally outside the Ancaster Rotary Centre.

Alexandra Orlando, one of Canada’s top rythmic gymnasts, told the young crowd the 2015 games are an opportunity of a lifetime for today’s young ahletes. A joint bid by Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe area is being considered along with bids from Bogotá, Colombia and Lima, Peru.

A final selection is anticipated by November.

Showing a confident swagger, Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger said city recreation and tourism staff is working hard to make the games a reality.

“They will hopefully be the happiest people come November when we win the Pan Am Games bid,” Mr. Eisenberger said. He credited the work of the late Gene Sutton for her vision to bring the games home to Hamilton.

Chris Rudge, chief executive officer of the Canadian Olympic Committee, said Hamilton stands to receive better facilities, including a new multi-use stadium, cycling velodrome and 50- metre pool. He also predicted some young athletes in the crowd will move on to represent Canada at a future Pan Am Games.

“You’re there. You don’t know who you are yet, but if you work hard enough, you’ll be there,” he said.

Rally backs 2015 Pan Am Games bid

News Aug 20, 2009 Ancaster News

Athletes offered motivational speeches, children marched in an opening ceremony and young fans gathered to rally in support of Hamilton’s bid to host the 2015 Pan American Games.

Children wore T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “I am Pan Am,” during Wednesday’s rally outside the Ancaster Rotary Centre.

Alexandra Orlando, one of Canada’s top rythmic gymnasts, told the young crowd the 2015 games are an opportunity of a lifetime for today’s young ahletes. A joint bid by Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe area is being considered along with bids from Bogotá, Colombia and Lima, Peru.

A final selection is anticipated by November.

Showing a confident swagger, Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger said city recreation and tourism staff is working hard to make the games a reality.

“They will hopefully be the happiest people come November when we win the Pan Am Games bid,” Mr. Eisenberger said. He credited the work of the late Gene Sutton for her vision to bring the games home to Hamilton.

Chris Rudge, chief executive officer of the Canadian Olympic Committee, said Hamilton stands to receive better facilities, including a new multi-use stadium, cycling velodrome and 50- metre pool. He also predicted some young athletes in the crowd will move on to represent Canada at a future Pan Am Games.

“You’re there. You don’t know who you are yet, but if you work hard enough, you’ll be there,” he said.