Social media highlights of Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games
As the Parapan Am closing ceremony took place at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, the field of play at the University of Toronto's downtown campus, also known as Pan Am Fields, was being disassembled and readied for the return of student athletes.
By next week, there will be no physical signs left of the 1.7 kilometers of fence line or the 3.7 kilometers of accessible walkways which were laid on top of grass and turf on the St. George campus.
But the Games will continue to be remembered by the 750 students, staff and faculty members who volunteered, the 22 U of T athletes who competed, and the thousands of guests who cheered on their teams from the stands at our St. George and Scarborough campuses.
The Games are also leaving behind an important legacy for the University of Toronto and its surrounding communities in the form of accessible sport facilities which will be open for training and participating in various sports as well as in affordable housing and improved public spaces.
“The infrastructure is really good for the community” U of T's Zack Chetrat said in an interview with Hart House before breaking the Canadian record in men's 200m butterfly at the Games. “Everything that’s being built isn’t going anywhere after the Pan Ams. All that growth is going to go to the people of Toronto, which is very exciting for me.”
Celebrating the latest silver medal win by U of T alumna and para-cyclist Shelley Gautier, we look back one last time at the many ways the University of Toronto embraced the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.