Changing of the Flag: Excitement Builds for Parapan Am Games Handover to TO2015

TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - The Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) today announced the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and the Honourable Bal Gosal, Canada's Minister of State (Sport) will participate in the official handover segment of the Closing Ceremony of the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games.  Also attending will be Métis Nation of Ontario President, Gary Lipinski.

"Having this group of distinguished dignitaries at the Parapan Handover Ceremony, on behalf of TO2015, sends a strong and important signal to the Americas," said Ian Troop, TO2015 Chief Executive Officer. "It shows that Canadians regard the Parapan American Games as an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the values of dedication, hard work, athletic achievement and accessibility, and stand ready to work with TO2015 to make the 2015 Parapan American Games more competitive, inclusive and inspirational than ever."

During the Closing Ceremony of the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games on Sunday, November 20 at the Telmex Athletics Stadium, spectators will witness the official handover marking Toronto as the next Host City of the Parapan American Games. The protocol segment will be followed by an artistic music and dance presentation reflecting Toronto's cultural diversity and give people a preview of the excitement and hospitality they can expect in Canada less than four years from now.

The Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games run from November 12 to 20. The fourth edition of the Games features an estimated 1,500 athletes from 25 countries competing in 13 sports and 379 events at the same venues that hosted the recently held Pan American Games.

About the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
The Pan and Parapan American Games are one of the world's largest international multi-sport events, held every four years for athletes of the 41 member nations of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO). The Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games will draw 10,000 athletes and officials and feature 48 sports in 17 municipalities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. The Toronto 2015 Pan American Games will take place July 10-26 and the Parapan American Games August 7-14.

For more information about the Games, please visit toronto2015.org.

SOURCE Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

For further information:

Carlene Siopis, Communications Advisor, TO2015, Tel:  647.206.0259

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