Pan Am Games Make Canadian History
Pan Am Games Make Canadian History
The largest-ever international multi-sport Games in Canada's history is about to come to a close, but the impact of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games will be felt for decades to come.
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) estimates that, between ticketed events, municipal activations and free PANAMANIA festivities, there were around two million visits to the Games over the last two weeks.
Team Canada made a historic showing on home soil, setting a national record for gold medals won at a Pan Am Games, having won 77 so far. The team came second in the medal standings — the best showing for Canada at any Pan Am Games.
Other historic Pan Am Games firsts include:
- The highest level of participation ever by female athletes at more than 45 per cent.
- The debut of women's baseball, women's canoe sprint, women's rugby sevens, canoe/kayak – slalom and golf on the sport competition program, and the return of men's softball.
- Athletes smashed more than 80 Pan Am records.
- Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereira raised the bar, becoming the winningest athlete in Pan Am Games history (he has earned 23 in total, but won five in Toronto).
- Saint Lucia won its first-ever Pan Am gold medal, which was in track and field.
- Canada's women's basketball team took home its first ever gold medal.
"I've always known the TORONTO 2015 Games would be phenomenal and they have far exceeded even my wildest expectations; the outcome has been just amazing," said Saäd Rafi, TO2015 chief executive officer. "The athletes thrilled us, Canadians absolutely embraced their home Games, and our communities were so welcoming to the athletes and visitors. Every person not just in this region, but in this country, should be proud of what we just achieved, together."
With about 120 sold-out Pan Am events, the full stands and cheering crowds made the Games a once-in-a-lifetime experience for hundreds of athletes. By the end of the day on July 26, TO2015 will have sold 1,050,000 of the 1.3 million tickets available for purchase to the Pan Am Games — the equivalent of selling out a Toronto Maple Leafs home game more than 55 times. Two-hundred thousand tickets are available for purchase to the Parapan Am Games.
Other Games Highlights
- In the digital space, TORONTO2015.org received more than one million visitors and eight million page views every day. On Twitter, there were 220 million average daily impressions of the TO2015 hashtags, and Games-related Facebook posts reached more than 5.5 million people.
- The Games also saw one of the largest peacetime volunteer recruitments in Canadian history. Clad in their bright orange shirts, designed and manufactured by Joe Fresh, as part of Loblaw's Premier Partnership with the Games, more than 23,000 friendly faces supported the Games at sport venues, the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes' Village, cultural events, official functions, Opening and Closing Ceremonies and other places across the Games footprint.
- PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC, was a fan favourite. The 35-day arts and culture festival continues through August 15, with great acts including Chromeo, The Roots and Janelle Monae at PANAMANIA Live @ Nathan Phillips Square from August 7 to 12 plus additional events across the city.
- TORONTO 2015 merchandise can be seen everywhere thanks to strong sales throughout the Greater Toronto Area, including the Superstore at Nathan Phillips Square, which will stay open through the Parapan Am Games. PACHI was the star of the show with more than 100,000 PACHI plush products sold!