TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay Celebrates in Northern Ontario on June 2

Pan Am flame visits Sault Ste. Marie, afternoon celebration in Blind River, and evening celebration at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Greater Sudbury

TORONTO, June 2, 2015 /CNW/Day 4 of the Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President's Choice® and OLG, introduced the Pan Am flame to the spirit of the voyageurs and to Canada's biggest coin as torchbearers travelled through Sault Ste. Marie, Bruce Mines, Thessalon, Blind River, Serpent River First Nation, Massey, Espanola, Little Current and Greater Sudbury.

The day began with a send-off celebration in Sault Ste. Marie before heading toward Bruce Mines, the smallest town to host a community celebration during the relay. The Pan Am flame stopped at Thessalon Public School where PACHI, the official mascot of the Games, entertained students. The school's vice-principal, Anthony McCabe, then carried the flame to the heart of town where community torchbearer Patsy Fluke, one of Thessalon's most dedicated volunteers, delivered the flame to the community celebration.

The afternoon began in Blind River where the Pan Am flame took a trip on a voyageur canoe, courtesy of the Algoma Paddlers Canoe and Kayak Club. The club's oldest active paddler, 89-year-old Clarence Paris, led the journey down the river.

The community in Blind River celebrated the Pan Am spirit at W.C Eaket Secondary School where community torchbearer Kathryn Pellarin arrived with the Pan Am flame. To conclude the celebration, student Andrew Labbee bore the flame for the next leg of its journey.

Later, the flame visited the Serpent River Trading Post and the Massey Area Museum for more community celebrations. Espanola then hosted a celebration at the Regional Recreation Complex and Little Current, the largest freshwater island in the world, hosted its celebration at the Cenotaph.

As the final community on Day 4, Greater Sudbury was the site for a number of memorable moments, including the flame's first trip underground at Dynamic Earth where Lance Cryderman, Paralympian in boccia, carried the flame before returning to ground level to also visit the famous Big Nickel.

The relay day culminated at Grace Hartman Amphitheatre where community torchbearer Bob Rogers lit the community cauldron.

The torch relay continues tomorrow when the Pan Am flame travels to Sturgeon Falls, North Bay, Powassan, South River, Sundridge and Huntsville. 

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 4 highlight images and videos are available on Flickr by copying and pasting this URL into a web browser: ="" rel="nofollow">

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.

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 or at 1.855.726.2015 and internationally at 1.949.333.4824.

SOURCE Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

For further information: Melissa Iafrate, Coordinator, marketing and communications, TO2015, 647.225.4002,

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