Pan Am Games July 10 to 26
Parapan Am Games August 7 to 15

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THE games 

TO2015 

about To2015 pan-am-logo2The TORONTO 2015 Pan American / Parapan American Games are the largest international multi-sport events ever hosted in Canada and the largest of its kind in the world behind the summer Olympics.

More than 10,000 athletes, coaches and officials from 41 countries in 51 sport disciplines will participate in the games. An anticipated 250,000 visitors are expected to attend the games with sales of 1.4 million tickets. Approximately 20,000 volunteers are needed to deliver the games.

The games will take place in 30 venues in 16 municipalities across southern Ontario. from July 10 to 26 (Pan Am Games) and August 7 to 15 (Parapan Am Games). See the Games Footprint for a full list.

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Mississauga & the Games

about Miss and Games logo2015 will be a very exciting year for Mississauga, one of 16 host municipalities in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA) for the Pan Am Games (July 10–26)  and Parapan Am Games (Aug 7–15). Residents, visitors and businesses of Mississauga will join together to take in some of the exciting, world-class sporting and cultural events - a once-in-a lifetime opportunity.

Beyond the sporting events Mississauga will celebrate the Pan Am spirit at local festivals and concerts and showcase its iconic landmarks to an expected 50,000 visitors. Mississauga is proud to have been selected as a host city, is considered the fourth largest cluster for the games and is the only host city outside the City of Toronto to host events every day of the games in 7 sport disciplines:

Pan Am Games - July 10 -26

 PanAm Judo Shape FullCol 4C  PanAm Karate Shape FullCol 4C  PanAm Taekwondo Shape FullCol 4C  PanAm Wrestling Shape FullCol 4C

 Judo

 Karate

 Taekwondo

 Wrestling

Parapan Am Games - August 7 -15

ParapanAm Goalball Shape FullCol 4C   ParapanAm Powerlifting Shape FullCol 4C ParapanAm WheelchairRugby Shape FullCol 4C 

 Goalball

 Powerlifting

 Wheelchair
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venue

about venue mississauga-sports-centre-thumb2The Hershey Centre (known during games time as Mississauga Sports Centre [MIS]) will be the venue for the Pan Am sports of judo, karate, taekwondo, and wrestling, and the Parapan Am sports of goal ball, powerlifting, and wheelchair rugby. Expect to see the highest level of competition!

For the games, TO2015 will use the centre’s 5,500-seat multi-purpose arena and the three additional community rinks. The main arena will be used for karate, judo, taekwondo, wrestling and wheelchair rugby and powerlifting. Of the three community rinks, one will be used for goalball competitions and the remaining will be dedicated areas for athlete training and warmup. The rinks’ concrete flooring will be fitted with different surfaces depending on the sport.

Please contact the Hershey Centre to accommodate special needs.

Accessible for everyone

getaround wheelchairaccessible icon  Full wheelchair accessibility and seating.      about accessible assistivelistening2Assistive listening devices available upon request.
 

Green Games

About RecycleThe Mississauga Sports Centre (MIS) is making a positive environmental impact by ramping up our efforts to divert up to 75% of the waste materials from landfill. That means less garbage piling up in the landfill and more resources being recycled.

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Getting to and from MIS

sports

PAN AM - July 10-26, 2015

Judo - July 11-14

Judo may mean “the gentle way,” but this is a sport of sudden throws and quick reflexes combined with tests to the limits of balance, flexibility, strategy and mental preparation.

Brazil and Cuba were very close in competition for total medal count at the Guadalajara 2011 Pan Am Games — both teams had six gold medals and three silver, while Brazil had an additional four bronze to Cuba’s three. The US finished third with one gold, one silver and six bronze.

Karate - July 23-25

karate

Karate will take place using the Kumite format that puts the athletes into a series of one-on-one bouts — three-minute bouts for men and two-minute bouts for women — where competitors receive points for successful kicks, strikes and punches to the opponent. Judges award points when a technique meets strict standards of performance that include good form, timing, vigour and awareness.

Thirteen countries split 40 medals in karate at the Guadalajara 2011 Pan Am Games. Mexico had an excellent showing with six medals, the highest total in the sport.

One athlete to watch in 2015 will be Vanessa Restrepo. Born in Colombia, her family moved to Canada several years ago, and she is hoping to showcase her sport and her dual heritage at the Games.

Taekwondo - July 19-22

wrestling

Born in Korea with historical roots tracing back more than two millennia, taekwondo is a martial art contested in matches of three rounds of two minutes each. Combatants step onto the mat wearing protective gear on their heads and chests—the scoring areas in the sport. To win the match, competitors attempt to kick or punch their opponents in the scoring zones to earn points. The scoring system rewards activity and style such as scoring a blow with one’s back to the opponent. This results in highly athletic and dynamic moves such as spinning kicks and punches.

Canada won three gold medals in taekwondo in each of the past two Pan Am Games, including two in 2011, and an impressive five medals were won on home soil in Winnipeg in 1997.

Wrestling - July 15-18

wrestling

Wrestling may be the oldest sport in human history, but the action on the mat during competitions will show that it has lost none of its ferocity. In a contest of strength, skill, will and training, the combatants attempt to collect points by controlling their opponents with holds, grapples, throws and pins. Bouts are usually two or three periods of up to three minutes each, with the victorious wrestler being the first to win two rounds.

Pan Am wrestling features two styles. Freestyle wrestling is the younger of the two styles, tracing its origins back approximately two centuries. Athletes use their hands, arms and legs to fight their opponents, engaging with any part of their competitors’ bodies. Greco-Roman wrestling involves only the upper body on both offense and defense.

Freestyle wrestler Carol Huynh won gold in the 48 kg class at the Rio 2007 Pan Am Games and followed that up with an Olympic gold in Beijing the next year. Her success continued with another gold in Guadalajara in 2011 and a bronze in London in 2012.

PARAPAN AM - August 7-15, 2015

Goalball

goalball

Goalball is played exclusively by athletes with visual impairments, using a ball with bells inside. Two teams of three face off on an indoor court with tactile lines and goals at either end. Because athletes must hear the ball and be able to concentrate, spectators are asked to remain silent during the game but are free to cheer when a goal is scored.

Brazil won gold while Canada and Mexico tied for bronze in 2011 in Guadalajara.

Powerlifting

powerlifting

In this power-infused sport, the objective is simple: lift the most weight. At the 2011 Guadalajara Parapan Am Games, Mexico came first with four gold and two silver in the sport, while Cuba placed second with one gold and two silver and Colombia third with one gold

 

Wheelchair Rugby

wheelchairrugby

Any sport originally coined “murderball” has exciting written all over it. The objective of this mixed gender sport — men and women compete on the same team — is to score the most goals by carrying, dribbling or passing the ball toward the opponent’s end. In this fast-paced game, contact between wheelchairs is allowed, and players frequently collide as they attempt to stop their opponents and take control of the ball.

Canada won the silver medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and will be making its debut in Toronto in 2015.

 

athletes

Mississauga Athletes at the Games

about athletesOur local athletes embody the diversity and inclusivity of our community. They demonstrate our excellence in nurturing and developing amateur sports athletes right here in Mississauga. The following is a list of local Mississauga athletes who competed in the Pan Am or Parapan Am Games. You can connect with them on social media and congratulate them using #mississaugacheers!

  Parapan Am Games (August 7 - 15)

Local Athlete Name

Competed in

Final Results

Connect

Nydia Langill

Nydia Langill

Swimming Women's 50m Freestyle S7

6th rank 
See full results

Twitter
@NLangill

Sport Organization:
Paralympic Canada

Swimming Women's 200m IM SM8(SM7-8)

10th rank 
See full results

Swimming Women's 100m Breaststroke SB6

5th rank 
See full results

Swimming Women's 100m Freestyle S7

4th rank
See full results

Swimming Women's 50m Butterfly S7(S6-7)

10th rank 
See full results

Renee Foessel

Renee Foessel

Athletics Women's Shot Put F20/37/3

Silver Medal 
See full results

Sport Organization:
Paralympic Canada

Athletics Women's Discus Throw F37/38/44

Gold Medal
See full results

Athletics Women's Javelin Throw F37/38

Bronze Medal
See full results

Karen Van Nest

Karen VenNest

Archery Compound Women’s Open

Silver Medal
See full results

Facebook: 
Karen.Vannest

Sports Organization:
Paralympic Canada

Pan Am Games (July 10 - 26)

Local Athlete Name

Competed in

Final Results

Connect

Alexandra Damley-Strnad

DAMLEY-STRNAD Alexandra

Sailing - Open Snipe

5th rank
See full results

Instagram:
sailorswag003

Sporting Organization
Canadian Olympic Committee

Andrew Nicholson

NICHOLSON Andrew

Men's Basketball

Silver Medal
See full results

Twitter: 
@nicholaf44

Sporting OrganizationNBA

Anqi Luo

LUO Anqi

Women's Table Tennis - Team

Bronze Medal
See full results

Facebook:
Anqi.luo

Sporting Organization:
Canadian Olympic Committee

Women's Table Tennis - Singles

5th Rank
See full results

Ashley Kraayeveld

KRAAYEVELD Ashley

Taekwondo Under-67 kilogram category

7thRank
See full results

Not available.

Ashley Stephenson

STEPHENSON Ashley

Women's Baseball

Silver Medal
See full results

Twitter: 
@PEstevie

Sporting Organization:
Canadian Olympic Committee

Chris Leroux

LEROUX Christopher

Men's Baseball

Gold Medal
See full results

Sporting Organization:
MLB

Dan Borg

BORG Dan

Sailing - Open Hobie 16

5th Rank
See full results

Not available.

Devohn Noronha Teixeira

TEIXEIRA Devohn

Men's Field Hockey

Silver Medal
See full results

Twitter: 
@devohn

Dillon Brooks

BROOKS Dillon

Men's Basketball

Silver Medal
See full results

Twitter: @dbrookz8

Facebook:dillon.brooks

Instagram:dillonbrooks24

Sporting Organization:
Canada Basketball

Dontae Richards-Kwok

RICHARDS-KWOK Dontae

Athletics - Men's 4x100 metre relay

Disqualified
See full results

Twitter: @LongLiveDontae

Sporting Organization:

International Association of Athletics Federations

Dylan Williams

WILLIAMS Dylan

WrestlingMen's Greco-Roman 59kg

5th Rank
See full results

Twitter
@DylanwWilliams

Facebook:
Dylan.williams

Sporting Organization:
Wrestling Canada Lutte

Jennifer Gilroy

GILROY Jennifer

Women's Baseball

Silver Medal
See full results

Twitter: 
jengilz

Facebook
jen.gilroy

Sporting Organization:
Canadian Olympic Committee

Jharyl Bowery

BOWERY Jharyl

Athletics Men's Long Jump

8th Rank
See full results

Sporting Organization
Kansas State University

Katrina Cameron

CAMERON Katrina

Gymnastics Rhythmic - Group All-Around

5th Rank
See full results

Twitter: 
@KatrinaCameron_

Facebook:
Katrina.cameron

Instagram:
katrinacameron

Molham Babouli

BABOULI Molham

Men's Soccer

7th Rank
See full results

Facebook:
molham.babouli

Instagram:
mbabouli

Sporting Organization:
Toronto FC II, United Soccer League

Natalie Wideman

Natalie Wideman

Women's Softball

Gold Medal
See full results

Twitter:
@nataliewideman2

Instagram:
nataliewideman

Sporting Organization:
Canadian Olympic Committee

Shawn Hill

Shawn Hill

Men's Baseball

Gold Medal
See full results

Sporting Organization: 
MLB

Athlete Spotlight

Learn about the amazing journey of a number of Mississauga athletes and the roads they have taken to be hopeful and/or confirmed participants at the Games.

Tamara Steeves

Wheelchair Basketball, Parapan Am hopeful

 
Renee Foessel

Athletics, Parapan Am athlete

 
Dontae Richards

Track and Field, Pan Am athlete

 
Carmelina Moscato

Women’s Soccer, Pan Am hopeful

 
Robbie Clarke

Canoe/Kayak, Pan Am hopeful

Alex Bard

Youth and Junior National Team Director, Gymnastics Canada

 

 

Legacy 

The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games are over and there is a lot to celebrate. Residents, businesses, volunteers and city staff hosted the largest international multi-sport event in Ontario's history. As a host venue city, Mississauga is proud to be part of this lasting legacy.

Hershey Centre - a multi-sport venue ready for more
PanAm Venue HersheyBowl

The Hershey Centre (known during the Games as the Mississauga Sports Centre [MIS]) was the only venue that hosted competitions each day of the Games. It was the first time Mississauga hosted so many international-level competitions as part of a multi-sport event.

This showcased the centre’s versatile design to be set up for a number of competitions simultaneously. The centre can be divided into multiple areas with separate access for ticket holders. Now proven to be effective, Mississauga is a destination to consider for future multi-sport events.

Transportation – working together to get around during the Games

 PanAm Transportation MiWay Bus AdThe success of the Games was due to the efforts of businesses across the city that planned ahead, stayed informed and provided staff with the information they needed to beat the traffic during the Games.
Mississauga residents and businesses carpooled, cycled, used transit, walked and/or used alternative work arrangements during the Games. All efforts helped to alleviate traffic congestion and get athletes and officials to their events on time.

 

Arts and culture – celebrating Mississauga’s unique culture with the world

 PanAm ArtsCulture SharetheLovelThe excitement and energy of the Games went beyond the sporting events as Mississauga celebrated its passion for sport by infusing the Pan Am spirit into local festivals and concerts across the city.

More than 15,000 community members joined in the celebrations. Events ranged from a combative sports festival, two torch relays, art installations, displays, musical festivals and concerts. Mississauga showcased its diverse culture and artistic excellence through theatre, dance, fashion, music and visual arts.

 

Community spirit – sharing the essence of Pan Am

PanAm Community VivaPanAmThe community came together to show support for the Games. Residents, businesses and community groups all contributed to the Pan Am experience.

An astounding 4,300 residents volunteered at all Pan Am venues. The City distributed six hundred and fifty Pan Am and Para Pan Am event tickets to local sport and community groups including Mississauga's youth, families and volunteers.

Para sports – making recreation inclusive for all

 PanAm ParapanPan WheelchairbasketballMississauga was one of five Parapan Am host cities for the largest Parapan games in history. Committed to accessibility, the City initiated and developed a three year plan to incorporate para sport into community programs. The plan includes the acquisition of wheelchairs and other para sport equipment at summer camps, a para multi-sport and wheelchair tennis program among others, and a venue rental fee that provides para sport groups access to City facilities.

City recreation staff were also trained in partnership with Canadian Paralympics on the benefits of sport and how to help participants get involved. Mississauga is prepared to provide recreation programs and activities to persons of all abilities.

  

 Local athletes – a place to nurture and grow amateur sports

 PanAm Athletes ReneeMedalsOur local athletes embody the diversity and inclusivity of our community. Residents watched as 17 local athletes showcased their skills in a variety of sports during the Games.

Mississauga athletes brought home a total of four gold, seven silver and two bronze medals contributing to Canada’s second place finish in the medal standings. Local athletes demonstrated excellence in nurturing and developing amateur sports right here in Mississauga. Visit mississaugapanam.ca for a full list of Mississauga athletes who competed in the Games.

 

Tourism – welcoming the world to Mississauga
 PanAm Miss Visitor GuideWith 50,000 visitors, 1,800 national media and 950 athletes from 41 nations visiting Mississauga for the Games, this was an opportunity to showcase the City’s richly diverse landmarks and world culture.

The City’s revamped tourism website discovermississauga.ca had 50,000 unique visits in the two months spanning the Games. Mississauga was also featured in the over half a million copies of the Ontario Tourism’s Pan Am Playbook distributed across the province. The Games built on Mississauga’s international status, our legacy as a preferred destination for sports tourism and promoted many sightseer gems across the city.

What's next

Mississauga is hosting the 2016 Ontario Summer Games, an event that will welcome over 5,000 athletes, officials, friends and family. From August 11 to 14 Mississauga will showcase 20 venues across the City hosting more than 30 sports from lacrosse to archery to soccer and basketball.

 

volunteers

about volunteers2Thank you to the over 4,300 Mississauga volunteers for the games! We are proud to be a host city and our strong volunteer community is something to be even more proud of!

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Accessibility

At the Games

The City of Mississauga and the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) are committed to delivering venues and services that are accessible to all spectators. We are also committed to meeting requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).

  • Accessible seating tickets are available at the MIS with the option to purchase an adjacent companion or support person ticket at a discounted price. getaround wheelchairaccessible icon
  • The MIS has assistive listening devices available upon request. about accessible assistivelistening2
  • Accessible transportation options are available to and from MIS.
  • Pan Am events across the city will be held at City accessible facilities.

In Mississauga

about accessible2An accessible Mississauga is a City that serves everyone better. Whether you live or have a business in Mississauga or are visiting for the Games, Mississauga's commitment to accessibility ensures barriers to accessibility are removed.

The City is improving accessibility in Mississauga by ensuring that we adhere to accessibility legislation. We will continue working to comply with new accessibility standards that improve municipal government programs and services for people with disabilities.

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