Pan/Parapan News


August

Celebrating Two-Year Countdown to 2015 Pan American Games

August 7, 2013 The province is proud to be host to the largest ever Parapan Am Games, attracting 1,500 athletes from 28 countries to compete in 15 sports – with all events being qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. For the first time in Parapan American Games history, wheelchair rugby will be part of the competitions.

July

TORONTO 2015 Mascot Makes Debut

July 17, 2013 After months of anticipation, Pachi the porcupine was introduced today as the official mascot for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Thousands of young kids filled the CBC atrium anxiously awaiting their chance to meet the new mascot.

Celebrating Two-Year Countdown to 2015 Pan American Games

July 10, 2013 Ontario is celebrating the two-year countdown to the 2015 Pan American Games in communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

June

Construction starts on state-of-the-art indoor velodrome in Milton for TORONTO 2015 Games

June 7, 2013 A circle of Ontario cyclists helped to officially break ground today on Canada's new home for cycling: the Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome.

May

Construction of Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium for TORONTO 2015 Games Already 10% Complete

May 24, 2013 Standing on a firm, newly poured foundation, the TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) and its partners celebrated the progress made to date on the brand new Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium.

Athletes' Village Halfway to the Finish Line

May 23, 2013 The Ontario-led CIBC Pan Am and Parapan Am Athletes' Village project has officially reached 50 per cent completion, with construction continuing on-schedule and on-budget.

Canadians Cast 33,018 Votes to Help Choose Official Mascot of TORONTO 2015 Games

May 9, 2013 The results from the nationwide online voting contest for the TORONTO 2015 mascot are in … but the winning mascot will not be revealed until July 17.

April

Vote for your favourite mascot design!

April 22, 2013 After reviewing amazing and creative mascot designs from kids all across Canada, the 6 finalists have been chosen! Which one will be chosen as the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games mascot? You can vote once per day until May 5, 2013, when the voting closes.

TO2015 welcomes PASO delegation for week-long Coordination Commission

April 18, 2013 Providing a world-class field of play and an inviting home away from home for athletes will be top of mind for experts from the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) Coordination Commission who are visiting Toronto this week to review and discuss plans for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games.

Ajax to Welcome the Boys — and Girls — of Summer in 2015

April 3, 2013 The diamonds in Ajax will shine a little brighter in the summer of 2015 thanks to upgrades necessary to host the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games.

March

Markham community adds personal touches to Games mural

March 23, 2013 Minister Chan participated in TORONTO 2015's live Pan Am Mural Experience presented by CIBC at Markham's Cornell Community Centre, with renowned sports artist David Arrigo calling on people to help him complete the mural with their personal brush strokes.

41 Reasons to Celebrate

March 1, 2013 The Pan American nations are rallying behind Ontario to make the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games the best Games ever.

February

TO2015 charts path for best, largest Parapan Am Games ever held

February 11, 2013 Building on international momentum generated by the transformative London 2012 Paralympic Games, international Paralympic experts are gathering in Toronto this week to hash out plans for hosting the largest Parapan Am Games ever in just 880 days.

January

IGNITE the spirit of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in your community!

January 29, 2013 To jump-start grassroots involvement in the TORONTO 2015 Games, organizers are inviting Games enthusiasts and community organizations to put their stamp on the "People's Games" by joining the TO2015 IGNITE program.

Home of the Athletes' Village wins Canadian Architect Award of Excellence

January 17, 2013 Canadian Architect announces the winners of the 2012 Awards of Excellence, given each year to architects and architectural graduates for buildings in the design stage.

CALLING ALL KIDS! The challenge to create a mascot for the TORONTO 2015 Games is on

January 10, 2013 Until March 8, 2013, the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Mascot Creation Challenge invites kids from across Canada to design a mascot for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

TO2015 to renovate Etobicoke Olympium for use as Pan Am Games aquatics training venue

January 9, 2013 Etobicoke Olympium, a major community aquatics centre in the city of Toronto, is undergoing a $20‐million upgrade in time for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, organizers revealed today.


2012

December

Canadian Olympic Committee Funding Full-Strength Toronto 2015 Team

December 5, 2012 Every Canadian athlete eligible to compete in the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games will be fully supported, thanks to a record funding injection to National Sport Federations (NSFs), the Canadian Olympic Committee announced today. The one-time $2.6 million boost will be divided between all summer NSFs with sports included in the Pan American Games program.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities celebrated today with opening of the Ontario Parasport Summit by Ontario's Lieutenant Governor the Honourable David C. Onley

December 3, 2012 The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, officially opened the Ontario Parasport Summit today at the Abilities Centre in Whitby.


November

TO2015 officially breaks ground on new athletics stadium at York University

November 19, 2012 Sprinters, shot-putters and wheelchair racers will go for gold in front of thousands of fans at a brand-new athletics stadium at York University during the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, organizers announced today.

Milton gets on cycling fast track with state-of-the-art indoor velodrome for TORONTO 2015 Games

November 15, 2012 Canada's fastest growing community will soon be home to one of the fastest growing sports in the country with the construction of a world-class indoor velodrome, the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) announced today.

Did You Know ...

November 6, 2012 Three years ago, on November 6 2009, Toronto was awarded the 2015 Pan / Parapan American Games.

TO2015 unveils Pan Am Field Hockey Centre at University of Toronto

November 2, 2012 Grass playing fields at the University of Toronto (U of T) will transform into two world-class field hockey pitches to host one of the world's most popular sports during the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games, organizers announced today.


October

Home of Athletes' Village wins Brownie Awards

October 29, 2012 Work to revitalize the West Don Lands has been recognized with 2012 Canadian Urban Institute Brownie awards for two projects.

TO2015 breaks ground on Welland Pan Am Flatwater Centre

October 26, 2012 Ripples of excitement spread across the "Old Canal" today as construction officially started at the Welland International Flatwater Centre to transform it into a premier venue for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

TO2015 unveils new stadium for Hamilton, host of Pan Am soccer

October 12, 2012 Hamilton's storied Ivor Wynne Stadium will rise again as a state-of-the-art sport legacy to Steel Town, the sole host of soccer competitions during the upcoming Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, officials confirmed today.

The brand new $145.7-million stadium, renamed Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium at Games time, is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, Province of Ontario and the City of Hamilton. It will open in July 2014—a full year before Hamilton hosts all 32 men's and women's soccer games during the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

Pan and Parapan Am Games to Create Affordable Housing Legacy

October 11, 2012 More than 300 Ontario families will have an affordable home as a result of the upcoming 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games.

Construction is now underway on the Athletes' Village, which will transform the West Don Lands into a vibrant, affordable, mixed-use residential community. During the games, the units will serve as temporary homes to athletes, coaches and sporting officials. Following the games, Wigwamen Community Housing Inc. and Fred Victor will own and operate 253 rental units, with a move-in date of spring 2016.

TO2015 breaks ground on community-focused Markham Pan Am and Parapan Am Centre

October 9, 2012 The excitement was palpable today in downtown Markham as a ceremonial groundbreaking officially kicked off construction on the landmark Markham Pan Am and Parapan Am Centre, a host venue for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games Footprint Announced

October 4, 2012 The largest Parapan Am Games ever will welcome an estimated 1,500 para-athletes competing in 15 sports—including, for the first time, wheelchair rugby—throughout southern Ontario in August 2015, the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) announced today.


September

Pan Am and Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House

September 27, 2012 Funding partners for the TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games officially broke ground today for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House. The Aquatics Centre and Field House will be the largest new venue for the ‘People’s Games’ and an important community facility for residents and athletes alike.

TO2015 Youth Advisory Council

September 17, 2012 The Earl and Countess of Wessex at the inaugural meeting of the TO2015 Youth Advisory Council. Joining Their Royal Highnesses were The Honourable Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley, Minister Sousa, Toronto Councillor Mark Grimes and Ian Troop and Roger Garland from TO2015.


July

Statement by Charles Sousa, Minister responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games

July 16, 2012 "The McGuinty government took a leadership role in partnering with the Federal Government and municipalities to bring the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games to Ontario. We knew that the Games would provide a lasting legacy of sport infrastructure, create jobs and stimulate the economy throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Let's be clear, we make no apology for bringing the Games to Ontario. The "People's Games" will be one of the largest economic drivers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe over the next three years. They will create more than 15,000 jobs, attract hundreds of thousands of visitors and showcase Ontario on the world stage.

We have the appropriate oversight in place to ensure that the budget is managed well and that we deliver an exceptional, world-class Games experience Ontarians can be proud of.

I encourage all members of the Legislative Assembly to support the Games and bring forward positive suggestions to help us deliver an outstanding event and thousands of jobs for Ontarians."


2015 Games Boosting Ontario's Economy

July 10, 2012 As the three year countdown begins, Ontario is already seeing the economic benefits from hosting the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games.

The "People's Games" will be one of the largest economic drivers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe over the next three years. They will create more than 15,000 jobs, attract hundreds of thousands of visitors and showcase Ontario on the world stage.


June

Welland International Flatwater Centre named official canoe and kayak venue for the 2015 Pan American Games

June 15, 2012 The McGuinty Government, along with TO2015, athletes and partners, unveiled planned improvements to the Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC) which will host kayak and canoe events at the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. WIFC will become a "go-to", accessible and public facility for Ontarians of all ages and an important legacy venue in the community for years to come.


May

Prince Of Wales Tours Pan/Parapan Am Village

May 22, 2012 The Prince of Wales visited the site of the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Athletes' Village, where Minister Charles Sousa shared details on the revitalization of the waterfront community – the largest urban renewal project in North America. Building the Athletes' Village will create 5,200 jobs and help transform a former industrial site into an environmentally sustainable and accessible pedestrian-friendly community featuring market and affordable housing, a new YMCA community recreation centre and a first-ever residence for 500 George Brown College students.


Caledon named official host of Pan Am Games equestrian events in 2015


May 18, 2012 Minister Charles Sousa joined representatives of TO2015, the Federal government, the Town of Caledon and Equine Canada at Caledon Equestrian Park today to name the site official host of Pan Am Games equestrian events in 2015. The municipally owned venue has hosted international championships and pony club competitions alike, and is endorsed by Equine Canada.


Ontario Welcomes The People's Games

May 11, 2012


January

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