Toronto Preps

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News April 2013

Plans are underway for the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games.

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Toronto will host an estimated 1,500 athletes from 28 countries at the Parapan Am Games scheduled for August 2015.

International Paralympic experts gathering in Toronto in February to hash out plans for hosting the largest Parapan Am Games ever have great hopes for the best one yet.

The four-day International Paralympic Committee coordination commission visit was the first time the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee officially hosted the global governing body of the Paralympic movement as well as the Americas Paralympic Committee.

The Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games, which start Aug. 7, 2015, are expected to involve more than 1,500 athletes from 28 National Paralympic Committees competing in 15 sports including athletics, swimming and wheelchair basketball.

For 2015, new facilities will offer the highest levels of accessibility. The sport program will feature the Parapan Am debut of wheelchair rugby and the return of football 7-a-side for the first time since 2007. All 15 of the sports contested in Toronto will serve as qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The first Parapan Am Games took place in Mexico City 14 years ago, with 1,000 athletes from 18 countries competing in four sports. The 2015 event will be the first time these Games have taken place in Canada.

Almost 40 years ago, Toronto helped play a role in changing how the world viewed Paralympic sports when it hosted the fifth Paralympic Games. Tens of thousands of Canadians cheered more than 1,650 athletes from some 40 countries who competed in 13 sports.

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