Pan Am flame visits lighthouse at Peggy's Cove, daytime celebration at the Canada Games Centre and evening celebration at Grand Parade
HALIFAX, June 7, 2015 /CNW/ - The Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President's Choice® and OLG, travelled outside of Ontario on Day 9 of the relay as the Pan Am flame visited Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The day began with a visit to the lighthouse at Peggy's Cove where Halifax native Judy Lugar, a local physiotherapist and world champion sailor, was the first torchbearer of the day.
The flame made a special visit to the Canada Games Centre, a showcase venue and legacy of the 2011 Canada Winter Games. The flame arrived carried by Laura Pomeroy, Commonwealth Games medallist in swimming. Andrew Nicholson, a member of both the National Basketball Association's Orlando Magic team and Canada's men's basketball team for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games, also carried the Pan Am flame.
Continuing its journey, the flame arrived at the Halifax Citadel, a National Historic Site of Canada. The iconic noon cannon signified the start to the next leg of the torch relay as CBC news anchor Tom Murphy departed the celebration carrying the Pan Am flame to its next destination at Harbourwalk on the waterfront. There, the relay continued along the 3.8 kilometre boardwalk from the Seaport Farmers' Market to the Halifax Ferry Terminal, passing the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The flame then made its way to the community celebration at Grand Parade.
Olympic kayaker Mark de Jonge lit the community cauldron at Grande Parade, kicking off a celebration filled with local community entertainment including a performance by Tyler Shaw, winner of the MuchMusic Coca-Cola Covers Contest in 2012, as well as the four-piece electronic/pop group Neon Dreams.
The flame finished Day 9 at the Military Family Resource Centre at the Canadian Forces Base Halifax. Beth Phillips and Stefanie Price, both members of the Atlantic naval fleet, Maritime Forces Atlantic, and Christopher Hatton and Jay Power of Canada's Soldier On program, each served as torchbearers.
The Pan Am flame then returned to Ontario for Day 10 of the relay, where it will travel through Whitby, Brooklin, Port Perry, Uxbridge, Beaverton and Orillia.
The following torch relay items are available at TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay: 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 9 highlight images and videos are available on Flickr by copying and pasting this URL into a web browser: https://www.flickr.com/gp/[email protected]/diC5i5
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 TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay or download the official TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games app, presented by CIBC.
About the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games ticket program
Great tickets to the Pan Am Games are still available, but gold-medal sessions are selling quickly!
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games ticket program is designed to be affordable and accessible for everyone by offering:
Integrated tickets: Every event ticket will allow the holder to access transit on the day of the event.
Affordable pricing: Tickets start at just $20, with 75 per cent of tickets priced $45 and under.
Half-price tickets for persons under 16 years of age, or 65 and over: Tickets will be offered at a 50 per cent discount — some will start at $10. The number of discounted tickets is limited, so buy early. Tickets for Parapan Am sporting events will range from $20 to $35 for adults, with a youth (under 16) and senior (65+) discount from $10 to $12.50 available, depending on the event. The number of discounted tickets is limited, so don't delay.
Easy options for buying: Tickets can be purchased online at TORONTO2015.org/tickets or at 1.855.726.2015 and internationally at 1.949.333.4824.
SOURCE Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
For further information: Jill MacCannell, Coordinator, marketing and communications, TO2015, 416.996.4076, [email protected]