TORONTO, July 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, I was pleased to take part in
official ceremonies to mark the three-year countdown to the
Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games—a celebration of sport and
culture to which we will welcome thousands of athletes from
41 countries. Today's event featured a variety of sport and cultural
activities and launched some unique arts projects to celebrate
Pan American culture over the next three years.
Our Government is proud to partner with the Province of Ontario, the
City of Toronto, the Toronto 2015 Organizing Committee and the Canadian
Olympic and Paralympic Committees to ensure the success of these Games.
In preparation for the Games, we have committed up to $500 million
towards infrastructure requirements, legacy initiatives and essential
federal services that will ensure exciting, safe and secure Games for
all participants and spectators. This is not to mention our ongoing
support for our Canadian athletes, whose determination and dedication
make them a source of pride and inspiration for all Canadians.
As Minister of State (Sport), I look forward to seeing our athletes give
their all as they take on some of the best athletes from across the
Americas in 2015. In addition to providing Canadian athletes with
invaluable international competition experience here at home, the Games
will have a positive influence on the local, regional and Canadian
economy, with infrastructure remaining as a lasting legacy for the
sport and local communities for years to come.
Happy three years to the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games!
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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Minister of State (Sport)