About the Games
These Games will be the largest international multi-sport event held in Canada. This year the following sports make their debut in the roster of games: golf, women's rugby sevens, canoe/kayak slalom, women's baseball and the return of men's softball (Pan Am Games); wheelchair rugby, women competing in sitting volleyball and the return of football 7-a-side (Parapan Am Games).
How does Whitby fit into the Toronto2015 Games?
Sports and Venue
Whitby is proud to be a Host Municipality for the Parapan Am Sports of Boccia and Judo which will take place in the state-of-the-art and fully accessible Abilities Centre. Members of the National Olympic Committee and the National Paralympic Committees have already toured this award-winning venue and all agree that this facility is the best!
Local Host Committee
Whitby has initiated a Local Host Committee consisting of resident volunteers and staff of the Town of Whitby and the Abilities Centre. Sub-committees for the 2014 One Year Countdown Event, the Pan Am and Parapan Am Torch Relays (2015), Games time and test events celebrations (2014/15), Youth, and a sub-committee specifically for Businesses are very active in hands-on planning to ensure residents and visitors to Whitby from around the world feel the excitement and join in the celebrations.
Supporting our Neighbours
The eastern lakeshore area will be bustling with Pan Am and Parapan Am activities from July 26 to August 16 next summer. The Town of Ajax to the west and the City of Oshawa to the east are also proud hosts of the Games. Ajax has the priviledge of being the premier baseball and softball venue located at the ARC. Oshawa will host boxing and weightlifting at the Oshawa Sports Centre. Consider volunteering! Volunteers are needed at all these locations and we welcome you to join.
By The Numbers:
- 41 countries competing (41 National Olympic Committees/28 National Paralympic Committees)
- 10,000+ athletes and team officials (6,000 Pan Am athletes/1,600 Para-athletes)
- 51 Sports (36 Pan Am/15 Parapan Am)
- 16 Ontario municipalities hosting training and/or competitions
- 250,000 Tourists and spectators expected during the Games
- 20,000 Volunteers to support the Games
- 26,000 jobs generated
- 10 brand-new sport facilities, 15 more upgraded for the Games
- 32 competition venues/50+ venues in total
- 1.4 million tickets
- 5,300-square kilometre Games footprint
- 16-18 Olympic qualifiers/15 Paralympic qualifiers for Rio 2016 Games