Media Advisory - TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay to Celebrate in Hamilton on June 21

Pan Am flame to visit McMaster Children's Hospital, daytime celebration in Gage Park and evening celebration at Pier 8

TORONTO, June 19, 2015 /CNW/ - On Sunday, June 21, Day 22 of the Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President's Choice® and OLG, the Pan Am flame will visit several communities in Hamilton, including Winona, Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Dundas and Waterdown. 

The Pan Am flame will spend the day in Hamilton and will start by flying high in a Canadian warplane. PACHI, the official mascot of the Games, will entertain families and teach them his signature dance — the wiggle — before the flame visits the National Aboriginal Day Soaring Spirit Festival. In the afternoon, the Pan Am flame will be incorporated into a cycling segment along Main Street West towards Dundas. The relay day will conclude at Pier 8 when Mel Hawkrigg lights the community cauldron.

Sunday, June 21, 2015 (Relay Day 22: Hamilton, ON)

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum9 a.m. (ET) (9280 Airport Road, Mount Hope)
Photo opportunity:

  • Featuring 100 year-old Alex Cherney carrying the Pan Am flame and a Lancaster plane

Puddicombe Farms10:45 a.m. (ET) (1468 Highway 8, Winona)
Photo opportunity:

  • Ted Michaels will depart from this celebration
  • PACHI presentation with families

Gage Park – (1000 Main St. East, Hamilton)
Day celebration: National Aboriginal Day Soaring Spirit Festival

  • Flame will arrive at 1:15 p.m. carried by lacrosse player Johnny Powless

McMaster Children's Hospital3:30 p.m. (ET) (1200 Main St. West, Hamilton)
Photo opportunity:

  • PACHI presentation with children
  • Susan Palmer-Komar will cycle with the Pan Am flame

Gore Park6:30 p.m. (ET) (20 King St. East, Hamilton)
Photo opportunity:

  • Lacey Mehlenbacher will carry in the Pan Am flame and pass it to Matt Becker

Pier 8 – (47 Discovery Drive, Hamilton)
Evening celebration:

  • Flame will arrive at 7 p.m. carried by community torchbearer and former chancellor of McMaster University Mel Hawkrigg

The Pan Am Games Torch Relay is a 41-day journey that will share the Pan Am spirit in more than 130 communities. The torch relay is one of the most exciting events as it sets the stage leading up to the Games.  There will be more than 3,000 torchbearers and 180 community celebrations taking place.

Media Materials
The following torch relay items are available at relay route map, full list of communities and dates, daily highlight summaries and media vehicle registration information.

All torch relay media advisories and news releases are available on CNW. Day 22 highlight images and videos are available on Flickr by copying and pasting this URL into a web browser: ="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">

The torch relay can also be followed on Twitter.

About the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay  
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President's Choice® and OLG, is supported by community partner CIBC, signature supporters Star Media Group and Metroland Media, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Porter Airlines, and funding parties the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario. The torch relay will invite Canadians to celebrate and share the Pan Am spirit throughout its 41-day journey towards Toronto, the Host City of the Games.

The torch relay starts May 30, 2015, and concludes July 10, 2015, with the dramatic lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in downtown Toronto.

The TORONTO 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as Lead Partner CIBC and other partners and sponsors.

To learn more about the torch relay and when the Pan Am flame will visit a community near you, visit or download the official TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games app, presented by CIBC.

SOURCE Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

For further information: Lindsay Hamilton, Coordinator, marketing and communications, TO2015, 416.697.1318,

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