TO2015 Looks Forward to Celebrating the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan Am Games

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 Brazil.

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

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