City of Kawartha Lakes Announces Torchbearers for Pan Am Games Torch Relay
The torch relay will visit the Kawartha Lakes on June 4th, 2015 and will feature Tim Keenan as the Lindsay community torchbearer and Bayley Simpson as the Omemee community torchbearer. Tim Keenan exemplifies and embodies the spirit of sport and camaraderie. Tim was part of the bronze medal winning team at the Special Olympics National Summer Games in Vancouver in 2014. Bayley Simpson is a Lindsay native and member of the Peterborough Cycling Club. A career highlight, Bayley won the Junior Men’s Omnium at the Canadian Track Cycling Championship in Burnaby, BC in November 2014. In August, the grade 12 Lindsay Collegiate athlete represented Canada in two events at the UCI World Track Cycling Championships in Seoul, South Korea finishing 22nd in the one-kilometer time trial and 24th in the 3k pursuit.
During the 41-day torch relay, each of the 3,000 torchbearers will complete, on average, a 200-metre relay segment. The torch will be carried by more than 60 modes of transportation and exceed 5,000 kilometres on the road and 15,000 kilometres by air.
“The torch is a unique symbol of the Pan Am Games and carries a powerful energy that will unite Canadians,” said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer, TO2015. “The torchbearers will proudly carry the flame through more than 130 communities, igniting the Pan Am spirit as they go.”
Featured on the torch are the United We Play! pictograms — colourful depictions of people in motion —symbolizing the assembly of athletes through the celebration of sport and culture. The aluminum torch stands 65 centimetres high and weighs 1.2 kilograms (or roughly the same weight as a baseball bat). With a burn time of 10 to 12 minutes, the flame can withstand winds of up to 70 kilometres per hour and is visible in all kinds of weather conditions.
About the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice® and OLG, is supported by community partner CIBC and signature supporters Star Media Group and Metroland Media, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Porter Airlines. The torch relay will invite Canadians to celebrate and share the Pan Am spirit throughout its 41-day journey towards Toronto, the Host City of the Games. The torch relay starts May 30, 2015, and concludes July 10, 2015, with the dramatic lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in downtown Toronto. The TORONTO 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as Lead Partner CIBC and other partners and sponsors. For more information, visit TORONTO2015.org/torch-relay.
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For more information please contact:
Summer Activities Coordinator
705-324-9411 ext. 1365