The Pan Am Games are Here, Canada!
Attention sports fans! The 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are right around the corner. As Canadians, we take advantage of any opportunity to cheer on our fellow countrymen, but these games are particularly significant to us this year as they take place right in our backyard – Toronto, Ontario.
Since 1951, the Pan Am Games have taken place every 4 years in the year preceding the Olympic Games. Modelled after the Olympics, the Pan Am Games are a multi-sport event featuring individual countries competing for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in various summer sport disciplines. While the Olympics are a world-wide competition, the Pan Am Games are specific to countries in North and South America.
The 2015 games are already making history, both in Canada and within the sporting world. With over 6,130 athletes from 41 nations, the 2015 Pan Am Games will be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Canada (in terms of participating athletes) doubling the size of the 2010 Winter Olympics. It’s also important to point out that a record 45% of participating athletes are female, which is the most ever for a multi-sport event, in any country.
Immediately following the Pan Am Games, the Parapan Games will begin, which showcase events in which athletes with physical disabilities compete against one another. The Parapan Games are unique as they serve as a regional qualifying event for the Paralympic Games, which take place next year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
You may remember the Pan Am / Parapan Am Games TV commercial that Ontario Tourism released last fall which featured athletes and fans gearing up for the big event. This commercial is a personal favourite of mine which includes breathtaking visuals of the host city, and an overall theme of being united through this experience (BTW the official motto of the games is ‘United We Play’). If this commercial doesn’t get you excited about the games, I don’t know what will.
For us non-Torontonians looking to watch some of these events live in person, several other Ontario cities will be hosting a handful of Pan Am / Parapan events including Caledon, Hamilton, St. Catherines, Cookstown, Simcoe, Haliburton and many more. A list of all venues can be found HERE, and Tickets for the games can be found HERE.
Here at Execulink, we have a special interest in the rowing events, taking place July 11th – July 18th. Execulink has an office/storefront located in Thedford, Ontario – a town that will soon be cheering on a local athlete, Tim Schrijver. Tim was named to Canada’s National Rowing Team and will be competing in two classes at the games – the Men’s Four and the Men’s Eight. The rowing regatta takes place on the Royal Canadian Henly course, the same waters that Schrijver learned to row in his Brock University Days back in 2010. We would like to wish Tim and the rest of the Canadian Athletes (a full list can be found HERE) all the best in their respective events.
Execulink is also excited to help bring the Pan Am Games experience to the households of our TV customers. You can catch the games on CBC, the official broadcaster of the games, on channel 5 and on channel 205 (in HD) starting on July 7th. The Pan Am Games wrap up on July 26th.
For those following the games on Social Media, make sure to follow @TO2015, @CBCOlympics and @TeamCanada as well as the hashtags #CBCPanAM, #TO2015 & #PanAmGames for news, scores and updates on the Pan Am Games.
Andrew Mustard, Marketing Coordinator
Devoted Leafs fan through the good and the bad - mostly bad. Born and raised in Stratford, Ontario - with more swag than Bieber. Success isn’t a maybe - it’s a must.