Pan Am Bid Officially Launched

    Toronto and Greater Golden Horseshoe Games Would Pay Long-term Dividends
    for Economy, Sports Infrastructure

    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - With the help of Ontario athletes, community and
business leaders, former Ontario Premier David Peterson today officially
kicked off the Toronto and Greater Golden Horseshoe Bid for the 2015
Pan/Parapan American Games.
    "I'm delighted to launch our 2015 Pan Am Games Bid that showcases the
great strengths of this region, and that has tremendous support from athletes,
the community and all levels of government," said Peterson, Chair of the 2015
Pan Am Games Bid Committee.
    "Make no mistake - we intend to work hard to win these Games," said
    "We believe the Games will be good for Canada, good for Ontario and good
for the entire Greater Golden Horseshoe," said the Hon. Jim Flaherty, Minister
of Finance. "It is a smart investment in Ontario's economic future, in sports
infrastructure and in the future of our young athletes. That's why the federal
government is committed to supporting this excellent bid."
    "Ontarians are inspired and excited when they are able to attend,
participate and engage in major sporting events," said Margarett Best, Ontario
Minister of Health Promotion. "A successful Pan/Parapan American Games will be
a catalyst for new and improved sports and recreation infrastructure for all
Ontarians to lead healthier, active lives. These are some of the fundamental
reasons the Pan/Parapan American Games bid is so important to our Province."
    Civic representatives from across the region also participated in today's
event, including Toronto Mayor David Miller. "An event of this calibre is an
excellent opportunity to showcase Toronto and its passion for sport to the
world," said Miller. "I know Torontonians will welcome the opportunity to host
athletes and their supporters from the 42 Pan American Games member nations."
    "The Canadian Olympic Committee is delighted to support this bid. It is a
terrific opportunity to build needed facilities for our Olympic and Olympic
aspiring athletes, and our communities," said Michael Chambers, President,
Canadian Olympic Committee.
    A number of Ontario athletes who have participated in Pan Am and Olympic
Games took part in today's launch event. Several athletes also put on an
exciting show at the event, with fencing, trampoline, rhythmic gymnastics, and
judo demonstrations.
    Peterson closed the event by saying that the support demonstrated to date
by all levels of government, including communities from across the region, is
truly impressive. "Not only will this be an inclusive bid, it will be a
hallmark for inter-governmental cooperation."

    The Pan Am Games are a major international multi-sport event, held every
four years for athletes of the 42 PASO member nations. The Pan American Games
consists of all Summer Olympic sports, plus other non-Olympic events, and
serve as an Olympic-qualifier for many of the participating sports. The last
edition of the games was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in July 2007 and the
next edition is scheduled to take place in Guadalajara, Mexico in October

For further information:

For further information: Liz Borowiec, Pan Am Games Secretariat, (416)

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