Pan Am Games Torchbearer Contest

Olympic gold medallists Simon Whitfield and Catriona Le May Doan were the MC's this morning as Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games launched the

torchbearer contest

 at the Eaton Centre in Toronto.

The highlight of the event

was the introduction of the

first torchbearer

who will launch the 2015 Pan Am torch relay: Colonel Chris Hadfield. (pun taken from the announcement - I can't take credit)

Colonel Hadfield proceeded to take a selfie with a young girl who couldn't decide whether to become an athlete or a politician - or perhaps an astronaut. I'd love to see this second selfie and photobomb.

The torch relay will begin on May 30th in Toronto and will end when it lights the cauldron at the Pan Am Opening Ceremony at Rogers Centre in Toronto. It will visit 5 major Canadian cities outside of Ontario and 130 communities throughout Ontario.

5 cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal and Halifax.

In Ontario, the torch will travel through 130 communities including:

  • South/west to Leamington, Windsor, Chatham/Kent, Sarnia, London and Woodstock
  • Northwest to Thunder Bay, Wawa and Sault Ste. Marie
  • North to Sudbury, North Bay, Parry Sound, Huntsville, Gravenhurst, Orillia, Midland, Collingwood and Owen Sound.
  • East to Ottawa, Smiths Falls, Kingston, Belleville and Brighton
  • and the GTA:

(photo credit: TO2015 Twitter)

...or you can sign up online at the

Pan Am Toronto 2015 website

.

I can't finish this post without a photo of Pachi mingling and posing for photos with fans.

If you haven't requested Pan Am tickets yet, you may want to click

here

to read my previous post about my selection criteria for choosing which events to attend.