TO2015 Observes the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan Am Games in Action

Heading Back to Games School

TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Understanding how venues and services are transitioned and operated to meet the competition requirements of parasport is the goal for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) team as they take part in the International Paralympic Committee's (IPC) Observers' Program during the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan Am Games.

"Seeing the venues and competition in action during the Parapan Am Games is invaluable," said Allen Vansen, Senior Vice-President, Operations. "We look forward to learning best practices to ensure a fantastic Parapan Am Games in 2015."

The focus of the IPC Observers' Program is to maximize the knowledge transfer from Guadalajara to Toronto and to provide guidance for future hosts of international multi-sport parasport events. Select TO2015 staff members will participate in the four-day program that includes both working sessions and behind-the-scenes venue tours.

"We will benefit from the IPC's experience, expertise and guidance and our team's on-the-ground observations in Guadalajara, as we develop our plans for inclusive and accessible Games," added Vansen.

The Observers' Program will cover topics such as construction, temporary venue structures, sport competition and classification, spectator services, communications and Games-time management and coordination.

"When we are on the ground, we will not only learn from the program, we will look to the athletes, coaches and team officials to help further our insight," said Blair McIntosh, Director, Sport and Venues. "There is much to learn leading up to and during the Games and we will be studying hard."

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.

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

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Carlene Siopis, Communications Advisor, TO2015, Tel:  647.206.0259

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