The 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are coming to Toronto this summer! This is a very exciting time for Canadians and especially those of us in southwestern Ontario who haven’t otherwise had the opportunity to attend games at this level.
WHAT ARE THE PAN AM/PARAPAN AM GAMES?
The Pan-American Games are held every four years, one year before the summer Olympics. The Parapan-American Games follow immediately after the Pan Am Games and are for people with physical disabilities. Forty-one countries from the Americas will be competing in summer sports for the Pan Am Games and twenty-eight will be competing in the Parapan Am Games.
WHEN/WHERE ARE THE GAMES?
The Pan Am Games begin in less than one month on July 10 and go until July 26. The Parapan Am Games begin August 7 and go until August 15. They will be held in venues all over the Greater Toronto Area including Toronto, Markham, Oshawa, Whitby, Milton, Mississauga, Hamilton, Niagara, and Simcoe County.
Tickets are ON SALE NOW for events and celebrations. Most tickets are under $45 and some are even as low as $20. Tickets are half price for kids under 16 and seniors over 65. All tickets include FREE public transit to and from the event.
Just like the Olympics, the Pan Am Games have a torch relay leading up to the games. The torch left Mexico where the last games were held and began making it’s way across Canada on May 30. This Wednesday, June 17 the torch will pass through London. Canadian decathlete Damian Warner will be carrying the torch through London and stopping at Victoria Park. The celebration begins at 5:00pm in the bandshell. There will be performances and entertainment until approximately 8:00pm.