Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Para pan Am Games
Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Para pan Am Games
The Pan American and Para pan American Games are recognized as the world’s third largest international multi-sport games. The games were first started in 1951 and are held every 4 years. This summer, the Pam Am games will be held in Toronto from July 10 to 26, and the Parapan Am games will go from August 7 to 15.These games will be the largest multi-sport games ever held in Canada with 36 different sports being played and over 7,000 athletes. There are going to be more than twice as many athletes competing in the Toronto Pan Am/Para pan Am games than in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics.
What Do the Games Mean for Toronto?
The Pam Am/Para pan Am games use the power of sport to bring together Ontario’s multicultural communities. The games also give Torontonians a chance to engage in healthier and more active lifestyles. The city focuses on international athletes who train and perform, which can give people the motivation they need to achieve this lifestyle. The games also give us the power to inspire the children and youth of the community through friendly programs created by the games. The Pam Am/Para pan Am games have stimulated the Ontario economy by creating over 26,000 jobs in Ontario. The number of tourists will increase throughout the game, as people come from all over the world to watch the various events. These tourists will stay in our hotels, see our attractions, eat in restaurants and shop in our stores.
Pachi is the mascot for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Para pan Am Games. Pachi is a cartoon porcupine who has 41 quills, which represent each Pan American country that is participating in the 2015 games.
Pan Am Games Medals:
The Pan Am/Para pan Am games medals are made up of 3 layers of ovals. The fusion of the oval layers is meant to represent unity across the Americas, and the layers are supposed to represent a winners’ podium. Braille is used to on the back of the medals to identify “Toronto 2015”, which is the first time that both these games have used medals with Braille on them. The Royal Canadian Mint used a process referred to as “mokume gane” to fuse material together to make the medals. This process allows the medals to have a wood grain texture that makes each medal at the games their distinctive feature.