Posted 12.16.14 @ 15:55 by: Staff

Do you know someone who have what it takes to be Oakville’s community torchbearer for the 2015 Pan Am Games Relay? Read on! 130 communities across Canada will be participating for next year’s relay and Mayor Rob Burton is encouraging everyone who qualifies or knows someone who does to either participate or nominate.

What is the 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay All About?

The torch relay is a 41 days exciting relay journey which will span 130 communities all over Canada to celebrate and support the spirit of the Pan Am Games. The Pan Am flame will be officially ignited in a traditional ceremony which will be conducted in Teotihuacan Mexico in May 2015. The flame is expected to arrive in Canada on May 30, 2015 for the Canadian leg of the relay. From that date until the flame is scheduled to make a final stop in Toronto for the July 30 opening ceremonies of the Pan Am Games, the flame will be carried by chosen residents representing each of the 130 Canadian communities, with Oakville scheduled to have it’s torch-relaying moment in June 2015.

Nominations are Still Open!

Everyone who knows someone who’s qualified to be Oakville’s torchbearer is encouraged to send a nomination. Starting December 1, 2014 until January 9, 2015, everyone can send their nomination online to the Oakville Pan Am Torch Committee. The panel of the committee is composed of the town staff as well as representatives from the local community and sports organisations. The chosen residents will be notified by the end of January and will then undergo another selection process and approval for the privilege of representing Oakville as a great Canadian town with active community participation.

Who Can Be Nominated?

The Torch Relay organisers are looking for someone who embodies the spirit of the Pan Am Games and the Toronto 2015 vision which is to celebrate multiculturalism, inspire participation in sports, and leave a legacy of sustainable excellence. With these said, torchbearers should be a resident of Oakville, be at least 13 years old by the 30th of May 2015 and a Canadian citizen. The full list of eligibility criteria for the community torchbearer can be viewed by interested parties at the Oakville Pan Am Games page as there are some very important details which the torchbearer must meet.

The Pan Am Games

From the very first Pan Am Games which was held in Buenos Aires Argentina in 1951, Canada has hosted the games twice, in 1967 and 1999. Next year will be the third time our country will be hosting the games, and this time, it will be at Toronto!

What makes this so special is the fact that the Pan Am Games is the 3rd largest international multi-sports Games; with the Olympics and the Asian Games being the 2 top international multi-sports games at present time.

Love how rich the community spirit is in Oakville? We love it too and would be thrilled for you to be a part of it. Contact us so we can help you find a beautiful Oakville home. Who knows? You may even become one of our distinguished residents in the future!

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