The excitement and energy of the games will go beyond the sporting events as Mississauga celebrates its passion for sport throughout the course of the Games. We will infuse the Pan Am spirit into local festivals and concerts across the city.
Mississauga is committed to creating a barrier-free games experience for everyone. All of our facilities are wheelchair accessible. Please contact the respective event facility to accommodate special needs.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The events below are just the beginning of the exciting events taking place across the city. Click here for a list of more fun-filled community events!
Pan Am Torch Relay - June 14, 2015
Join in the spirit of the games as the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay makes its way through Mississauga on Sunday, June 14, 2015.
9:30 a.m. Kick off at Mississauga Celebration Square. Free refreshments, snacks brought to you by The Real Canadian Superstore and The Cold Pressery! There is fun for the whole family as we await the arrival of the TO2015 Pan Am Flame! See Gymnastics Mississauga demonstrations, Mississauga Power Basketball and a round up of entertainment to celebrate the Pan Am Spirit of the Games!
11 a.m. The Flame Arrives at Mississauga Celebration Square. Watch history unfold as the TO2015 Pan Am Flame arrives and Jack Ranieri, Community Torchbearer is the first Mississauga resident to carry the flame!
11:30 a.m. Torch Relay down Hurontario to the Mississauga Waterfront Festival in Port Credit Memorial Park.
Get your spot along Hurontario and cheer on our torchbearers!
1 p.m. Day Celebration at Port Credit Memorial Park. In partnership with the Mississauga Waterfront Festival, celebrate the arrival of the Pan Am Flame! The Cauldron will be lit and the celebration begins with performances by headliners ill Scarlett and Carlos Bastidos!
Torchbearers (Pan Am Torch Relay)
The City is proud to unveil three torchbearers for the TO2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay – Shivhoun De Melo and Jack Ranieri.
De Melo and Ranieri will carry the flame on Sunday, June 14 when the relay makes its way through Mississauga. In total, 3,000 torchbearers will run in the 41-day relay. Each runner will complete a 200-metre relay segment.
A callout for nominees to carry the torch on behalf of Mississauga was held last December. Nominees had to be Mississauga residents who made a positive contribution to the lives of others and/or excelled athletically or personally. De Melo and Ranieri were randomly selected from the more than 350 nominations that were submitted.
Shivhoun De Melo
A Mississauga resident of 25 years, Shivhoun De Melo is a physiotherapist practicing in Mississauga. She was nominated by the father of a young lady with cerebral palsy. “We owe every ounce of progress my daughter has made to her sessions with Miss Demelo. She is truly a blessing,” read the nomination. Shivhoun was also described as being generous with volunteering her time and her therapeutic abilities.
"I am very proud to run with the flame that carries all the values and spirit of the Pan Am Games with it,” said De Melo on being selected. “Sports, physical and mental well-being are very important aspects of life for me. I'm privileged to be nominated and will hold the torch with pride."
A Mississauga resident for over 21 years, Jack Ranieri is the Director of IT at Sinai Health System in Toronto. The father of two children born and raised in Mississauga, Ranieri was nominated by his wife Angela for achieving his lifelong goal to qualify for the Boston Marathon before his 50th birthday. However, Ranieri was forced to withdraw his registration after sustaining an injury while training for this event.
"It's very exciting,” said Ranieri. “After the disappointment of not being able to represent Mississauga in the 2013 Boston Marathon, being selected as a Pan Am torchbearer has inspired me to continue running. I’m honoured to represent Mississauga in this once in a lifetime opportunity."
In a special water route for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, former Mayor McCallion will carry the torch accompanied by members of the Don Rowing Club and the Mississauga Canoe Club along the Credit River to the shores of Memorial Park in Port Credit. At 94 years of age, Hazel McCallion will be one of the oldest torchbearers along the 41 day torch relay journey.
“It’s an honor and privilege to carry the torch for the Pan Am Games,” said Hazel McCallion.
- Pan Am Torch Relay Route Map in Mississauga
- Pan Am Torch Relay Route Map
- The Torch
- Pan Am Games Torch Relay
Parapan Am Torch Relay - August 5, 2015 at Lakeside Park - 6 p.m.
Join in the spirit of the TO2015 Parapan Am Games on August 5 at Lakeside Park as the Parapan Am Flame makes its way to Mississauga!
6 pm Community BBQ* and family fun as we await the arrival of the Parapan Am flame to Mississauga.
*Free BBQ and a special gift to the first 500 guests!
- 7 pm Torch Relay and Community Cauldron Lighting Ceremony - Starting with the lighting of the Torch the Parapan Am flame will make its way around Lakeside Park and return to the stage to ignite the community cauldron. The ceremony will conclude with the unveiling of the Art of Sport; Fitness Follies.
- 8 pm Community Celebration ending the day with a Celtic performance by Steel City Rovers.
The TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay is a five-day inspirational journey along the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail. Two separate Parapan Am flames will be lit—one in Ottawa, Ontario, and one in Niagara Falls, Ontario— in special ceremonies on August 3, 2015. Learn more about the TO2015 Parapan Am Games Torch Relay.
About Nydia Langill - Mississauga Community Torchbearer
Torchbearers will each complete a 200-metre segment around the park including Mississauga’s community torchbearer Nydia Langill. Langill is a Paralympic swimmer and Mississauga resident who will compete in the Parapan Am Games running August 7 to 15.
A resident of Mississauga since 2007, Nydia started swimming competitively at age nine and fell in love with the sport. In addition to the Parapan Am Games, Langill represented Canada at the IPC World Championships in July 2015 placing 7th in the women's SB6100m breaststroke. Langill trains at One Health Club and Oakville Swim Academy in Mississauga and in her free time enjoys playing with her dog and watching movies.
"It is an honour to be selected as a torch bearer,” said Langill. “It is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am very excited to be competing so close to home with so many friends and family members in the stands. My hope is that I can inspire other young people with physical disabilities to work hard and pursue their dreams no matter the obstacles they may face along the ways.”
About The Art of Sport; Fitness Follies
Above: The Colosseum
|The City of Mississauga commissioned RAW Design to develop the Art of Sport; Fitness Follies - three temporary public art installations at Lakeside Park as part of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.
The Art of Sport will be unveiled at the Parapan Am Games Torch Relay community celebration in Mississauga on August 5, 2015.
VIVA Mississauga Combative Sports Event
June 13, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Hershey Sport Zone
Experience a taste of the TO2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games in Mississauga! This is a one-day special event focusing on combative sports. Martial arts and wrestling will be featured in an exhibition and competition. Professionals will be on-hand to provide you with the opportunity to try your hand at combative sports including Taekwondo, Kung Fu, wrestling, Judo and Karate.
10 a.m. – Opening Ceremony
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Interactive sport activities
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Open Floor Activities
Pan Am Spirit Rally: Live Screening of the Opening Ceremonies
July 10, 2015 at Mississauga Celebration Square
Join us at Mississauga Celebration Square at 6 p.m. to kick off the start of TO2015 Pan Am Games with a spirit rally to celebrate the TO2015 Opening Ceremonies. Watch the official opening ceremonies streamed live on the screens as you grab grab a bite to eat from the Pan Am inspired Food Trucks, make some noise with the Samba drummers, snap a selfie with Pachi. Get ready to make some noise!
Parapan Am Opening Ceremonies
August 7, 2015 at CIBC Athletes Stadium
Celebrate as Canada welcomes the nations of the Americas to the largest Parapan American Games ever with the cultural spectacle of the Opening Ceremony at the CIBC Athletes Stadium.