1 Year To Go for 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

Toronto and other host cities are celebrating this weekend.

"TORONTO 2015’s host municipalities are also excited to celebrate one year to go until the Games! The communities of Ajax, Burlington, Caledon, Hamilton, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Welland, St. Catharines and Oshawa are hosting their own special festivities — from carnival games and sports activities to live music, dancing and Zumba classes. Click on the links to get more information about the celebrations taking place throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe region."

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here

for more information and the links to event schedules.

A countdown clock was unveiled in Toronto this morning. Dignitaries were present as well as athletes for the unveiling.

Cirque du Soleil performers helped with the unveiling.

Mascot Pachi was on hand. Beside the countdown clock, there is an interactive oversized tablet. 

I will have to go back to get a closer look.

The venue was beautiful with multiple playing fields for sports activities. 

There is also a stage for performances and activities.

I spy Benoît Huot, 19 time Paralympic medallist and Curt Harnett, 3 time Olympic medallist and Chef de Mission for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games.

Just in case you are perceptive, yes, that is Rob Ford leaving after this photo op. It wouldn't be a Toronto event without a Rob Ford sighting. 

The trampoline show was a highlight of the early afternoon activities with a very appreciative large crowd enjoying our national team members showing off their skills including 3-time Olympic medallist Karen Cockburn.

CIBC Team Next athlete Sam Sendel

Olympic silver medallist Jason Burnett

 Karen Cockburn and Rachel Tam

After the performances, the athletes signed autographs and posed for photos.

Synchro partners Rosie and Sam. Rosie is recovering from an injury and did not perform in case you're wondering why I don't have photos of Rosie in action.

Jason brought his Olympic medal to share with Olympic fans

Getting a closer look at the countdown clock (although there was a lineup for the interactive table)

Activities continue this evening and tomorrow. Click

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for the Toronto schedule.