TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - With sports such as sitting volleyball and wheelchair tennis, the
Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee (TO2015)
is looking forward to celebrating the excellence of athletes with a
physical disability from throughout the Americas as they participate in
the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan Am Games.
"We congratulate our Guadalajara colleagues on their years of planning
and wish them the very best for a successful Parapan Am Games," said
Ian Troop, TO2015 Chief Executive Officer.
The Guadalajara 2011 Parapan Am 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 2011 Pan Am Games.
"I know Mexico will once again be great hosts as they welcome elite
para-athletes to Guadalajara," added Troop. "The athletes competing in
the Parapan Am Games are truly an inspiration as they show
determination, perseverance and athleticism."
The 2011 Canadian Parapan team includes 121 athletes, 11 guides and 73
officials for a total delegation of 205 members. Of the 13 Parapan Am
Games sports, athletics will have the largest number of competitors in
Guadalajara with 412 athletes, followed by swimming with 204 and
wheelchair basketball with 186 competitors.
TO2015 will participate in the International Paralympic Committee's
Observers' Program during the 2011 Parapan Am Games. The four-day
initiative will include presentations and working sessions on topics
such as venue construction, Games services, sport competition and
classification, and media services.
"We're especially interested in seeing how venues and operational
facilities made the transition from Pan Am to Parapan Am Games use,"
said Allen Vansen, Senior Vice-President, Operations. "These
observations are important to TO2015 as we work towards creating an
inclusive and accessible Games."
At the 2007 Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Canada
finished with 112 medals: 49 gold, 37 silver and 26 bronze. The result
placed Canada second in the overall standings behind Host Country
About the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
The Pan 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 Games
comprise all Olympic Summer Games sports, as well as traditional Pan
American sports. The Toronto 2015 Pan/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