For the first time, sports fans can buy tickets for the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games to watch the best athletes compete for a medal and the chance to represent their country at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Tickets for the Parapan Am Games are for sale at TORONTO2015.org/tickets. Popular events like athletics, swimming, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby are expected to draw big crowds. The Parapan Am Games take place Aug. 7-15.
“We’re extremely proud and excited that the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games will be historic – the largest ever,” said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer of the Games Organizing Committee (TO2015).
“I’ve met many athletes and I’ve heard their personal stories and I think seeing these athletes live and up close this summer will change the way people think about sport.”
This will be the fifth edition of the Parapan Am Games and will feature more than 1,600 athletes from 28 countries competing in 15 sports – more athletes, sports and countries than any Parapan Games in history. In addition, and for the first time, all sports will be qualifying events for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
“The Canadian Paralympic Committee has set the goal of finishing in the top three in the medal count,” said Team Canada’s chef de mission Elisabeth Walker-Young.
“Our Canadian athletes are focused on their final preparations towards confirming their name to our 2015 Parapan Team roster. For most, the Parapan Games will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete at an elite level on home soil, in front of home crowd spectators.
“The ticket holders should prepare themselves for magical, intense and stunning athletic performances.”
Team Canada is a powerhouse in many of the sports being contested in August.
In wheelchair basketball, Canada’s women’s team won the 2014 World Championship in Toronto, while Canada’s men’s team won gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Canada came second in the medal count in track cycling at the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan Am Games, with three golds and one silver.
Some athletes, including swimming star Benoît Huot, can’t wait for the rare opportunity to compete at home and face their top rivals. Huot recently relocated to Toronto to train in the brand new CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House, hoping it will give him an advantage.
“I have travelled the world to compete against the best athletes striving to hear O Canada. But I get goose bumps just thinking about doing that at home in Toronto this summer feeding off the energy of the crowd,” 19-time Paralympic medallist Huot says.
Tickets for Parapan Am sporting events range from $20 to $35 for adults, with a youth (under 16) and senior (65+) discount from $10 to $12.50 available, depending on the event. The number of discounted tickets is limited, so buy early. Every event ticket will allow the holder to access transit on the day of the event.