BURLINGTON, ON, December 16, 2016 – Today, Eleanor McMahon, MPP for Burlington and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport presented a collection of gold, silver and bronze 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Game medals to Mayor Rick Goldring.
Last summer, Canadians were celebrating an amazing Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, when Team Canada achieved historic finishes. This past summer, Team Canada did it again in Rio, and the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games were a powerful trigger to the team’s success.
The City of Burlington had a vital role in welcoming the Pan Am Am Games’ 10,000 athletes and officials and thousands of visitors, artisans and performers. As a host for men and women’s soccer team practices, Burlington welcomed all competing teams at City View Park for training opportunities.
City View Park is Burlington’s largest park at 165 acres and a lasting legacy of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. With connections to the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment, the park is a good balance of organized sport and passive recreation.
“I am pleased to present a set of Pan Am and Parapan Am Games medals to the City of Burlington in recognition of our city’s tremendous contribution to Ontario’s hosting efforts. Burlington played an important role in the 2015 Games, which were an overwhelming success, by hosting men’s and women’s soccer practices at City View Park. Visitors were welcomed warmly and the legacy that these Games will have on the Greater Toronto Horseshoe region will be lasting and memorable. Ontario should take pride in delivering an unforgettable sporting experience that will inspire our next generation of athletes to succeed on the world stage.”
-- Eleanor McMahon, MPP for Burlington, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
“The City of Burlington is truly grateful to Minister McMahon and to the Province of Ontario for recognizing the role of City View Park in the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in 2015. The activities associated with the games brought the community together in Burlington, and the FIFA-rated practice venue created at City View Park is available for future use by soccer players from Burlington and beyond.”
-- Rick Goldring, Mayor of Burlington
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