Largest-ever Parapan American Games to be held in Toronto
TORONTO, Oct. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The largest Parapan Am Games ever will
welcome an estimated 1,500 para-athletes competing in 15
sports—including, for the first time, wheelchair rugby—throughout
southern Ontario in August 2015, the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am
Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) announced today.
In addition, each of the sports will serve as a Paralympic qualifier for
the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The TORONTO 2015 sport program, which
will feature the Parapan Am debut of wheelchair rugby and the return of
football 7-a-side to the program for the first time since 2007, has
also been approved by the International Paralympic Committee.
Previously, the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan Am Games in Mexico featured 13
sports with 1,310 athletes.
"We've said from the beginning that the TORONTO 2015 Games are going to
be the 'People's Games' with a focus on accessibility and inclusion,"
said Ian Troop, Chief Executive Officer of TO2015.
"It's in that spirit that we are announcing the largest ever gathering
of para-athletes in the history of the Games," he continued. "And we're
proud that the facilities we're building for both Games will leave
behind a rich legacy of accessible sport infrastructure for future
generations to use. We want to set a new standard not just for Games
time, but for ongoing involvement in parasport."
The TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games will use many of the same facilities
as the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games, including the newly constructed Pan
Am and Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House presented by CIBC at
the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. By building new
facilities to the highest levels of accessibility, TO2015 is ensuring
greater operational efficiencies and community and legacy use.
"Clustering venues enables us to maximize access for people in
communities throughout the region and keep costs down during a period
of fiscal restraint," explained Troop. "We're using existing Games
venues that exceed the requirements for accessibility standards to
enable world-class para-athletes to compete at their best."
Also like the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games, the Parapan Am Games will be
centred on key venue clusters. The preferred venues for the TORONTO
2015 Parapan Am Games, which are subject to the parties reaching final
agreement in the coming months, are:
University of Toronto (Downtown) Parapan Am Complex
Archery, wheelchair rugby, football 5-a-side and football 7-a-side.
Pan Am and Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House presented by CIBC
Swimming, sitting volleyball and wheelchair tennis. It will also become
the new home of the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario which will support
athletes and sport organizations throughout Ontario and Canada.
York University Parapan Am Complex
Athletics, goalball and powerlifting.
Abilities Centre (Durham) Complex
Boccia and judo.
TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am competition will also take place in four other
locations across the region, including Milton (cycling—track), Markham
(table tennis) and Toronto (wheelchair basketball).Finally, the road
cycling venue will be confirmed at a later date.
The 15 sports of the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games are:
Cycling (road and track)
"Hosting the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games will bring economic
prosperity throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario and ultimately
our country as a whole," said the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of
Finance and Minister Responsible for the Greater Toronto Area. "From
construction to tourism, the local and regional economy will be
supported through job creation and growth for Canadian businesses and
entrepreneurs before, during and after the Games."
"The Harper Government's investment in the 2015 Pan and Parapan American
Games will ensure the successful hosting of this prestigious event and
long-term high performance sport and recreation benefits for families
and children in the Greater Toronto area," said the Honourable Bal
Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). "Our Government's commitment to
building the Games will result in world-class, accessible sporting
facilities that will boost the province's high performance reputation,
while promoting active, healthy living in our communities."
"Ontario is proud to welcome the 2015 Parapan American Games. The Games
will showcase the exceptional skills of thousands of world-class
athletes, build a legacy of accessible sport infrastructure for future
generations of Ontarians and create thousands of jobs," said Charles
Sousa, Ontario Minister responsible for the Pan and Parapan Am
Games. "The 'People's Games' will be the most inclusive Games ever,
further demonstrating the McGuinty Government's commitment to creating
an accessible Ontario."
"Toronto is proud to be the official Host City of the 2015 Parapan
American Games and we look forward to welcoming para-athletes from
across the Americas to our city," said Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford. "We are
committed to supporting the important principles of accessibility and
inclusion before, during and long after the 2015 Games have come to a
"Each Paralympic and Parapan Am Games has been bigger and better than
the last, and the Games in Toronto will be no different," said Henry
Storgaard, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Paralympic Committee
(CPC). "We will be bringing our best teams, our best athletes to
compete in front of a hometown crowd under the national media
spotlight. I would urge all Canadians to take advantage of this unique
opportunity to watch Paralympic sport at its highest level, learn more
about our athletes, and become involved in the transformative role
sport can play in your life and the lives of others."
TO2015 announced its cluster and sport program for the Pan Am Games in
Toronto on May 11. At that time it also announced details of the budget
for both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. TO2015 will issue quarterly
budget updates beginning in the fall of 2012.
About the TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games
The Pan American and Parapan 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) and 26 member nations of the Americas Paralympic
Committee (APC). The Pan American Games are comprised of all Olympic
Summer Games sports, as well as traditional Pan American sports, while
the Parapan American Games are comprised of the majority of Paralympic
Summer Games sports. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American
Games will draw more than 10,000 athletes, coaches and team officials
and feature 51 sports in 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.
Image with caption: "TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games Footprint (CNW Group/Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121004_C4239_PHOTO_EN_18946.jpg
SOURCE: Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
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