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Ontario Celebrating Two-Year Countdown to 2015 Pan American Games

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Ontario Celebrating Two-Year Countdown to 2015 Pan American Games

Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

On July 10th, Michael Chan, Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games, along with other government representatives, will kick-off the two-year countdown to the 2015 Pan Am Games in several communities. 

Toronto

Minister Michael Chan will be in the official host city of the Games to take part in an event at Commerce Court that will feature interactive sport activities, seven mural unveilings and a variety of sport demonstrations

Time:               12 p.m.

Location:         Commerce Court

                        25 King St W

                        Toronto

                      

Welland

Minister Chan, athletes and officials will participate in the very first ribbon-cutting of a 2015 Games venue at the Welland Pan Am Flatwater Centre. Various activities for kids including dragon boating, a race and autograph signing by Canadian sprint canoeist Mark Oldershaw are some of the featured events.

Time:               2:30 p.m.        

Location:         Welland Pan Am Flat Water Centre

                        16 Townline Tunnel Road (58A) at Canalbank Street

                        Welland                                                                                                                      

Markham

Minister Chan will join professional table tennis player Sun Jian Fei at the Markham Civic Centre. This event will feature badminton and table tennis games, local food vendors serving dishes from the Pan Americas, and more.

Time:               6 p.m.

Location:         Markham Civic Centre

                        101 Town Centre Blvd

                        Markham



Government representatives will also attend events in the following locations:

St. Catharines

Jim Bradley, MPP St. Catharines, will join the festivities at the Royal Canadian Henley, host venue for the rowing competitions in the 2015 Games. The St. Catharines Rowing Club will deliver rowing clinics and a veteran versus amateur race will follow.

Time:               10 a.m.

Location:         Royal Canadian Henley Henley Island St. Catharines

Ajax

Joe Dickson, MPP Ajax--Pickering, will join National Women's Softball athlete Jessica Tyler at the Ajax Pan Am Ballpark, future host of the 2015 Games' baseball and softball sporting events, to take part in softball and baseball clinics, exhibition games and a mural unveiling.

Time:               10:30 a.m.

Location:         Future home of Ajax Pan Am Ballpark (Ajax Sportsplex)

                        1843 Audley Street North

                        Ajax

Oshawa

Soo Wong, MPP Scarborough--Agincourt, will be at the Oshawa Civic Centre to take part in an event that features an exhibition boxing match with Olympians Mandy Bujold and Mary Spencer, a Métis drumming performance and mural unveiling.

Time:               10:30 a.m.        

Location:         Oshawa Civic Square (in front of Oshawa City Hall) 50 Centre Street South Oshawa
                       

Mississauga

Harinder Takhar, MPP Mississauga--Erinidale, and 2011 Pan Am Taekwondo Gold Medalist Melissa Pagnotta will join in the festivities at Celebration Square that will highlight sporting activities for kids, cultural performances and a live Spanish band.

Time:               12:30 p.m.

Location:         Mississauga Celebration Square

                        300 City Centre Drive

                        Mississauga

Hamilton

Ted McMeekin, MPP Ancaster--Dundas--Flamborough--Westdale, will celebrate at Sackville Hill Park & Recreation Centre where First Nation ceremonies, performances by a mariachi band and the Hamilton Youth Steel Orchestra, a soccer clinic and exhibition game will feature a halftime show with Canadian Idol winner Brian Melo

Time:               4 p.m.         

Location:         Sackville Hill Memorial Park and Sackville Hill Seniors Recreation Centre

                        780 Upper Wentworth Street

                        Hamilton

Caledon

Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges--Markham, and Olympian Jessica Phoenix will be at the Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park which was recently upgraded to host the equestrian events in 2015. Guests will be able to tour the facility and watch equine demonstrations.

Time:               6 p.m.        

Location:         Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park

                        200 Pine Avenue

                        Caledon

Milton

Kevin Flynn, MPP Oakville, will join Olympian Curt Harnett at Victoria Park Square for a cycling circuit led by athletes and community leaders, cultural presentations and a mural unveiling.

Time:               6 p.m.

Location:         Milton Town Hall and Victoria Park Square

                        150 Mary Street

                        Milton

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