• Women’s Basketball Live from the Ryerson Athletic Centre

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    Post By: Sam Allen, Undergraduate student in Sport Management, Class of 2016

    Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games Volunteer, Press Operations Supervisor, Ryerson Athletic Centre

    July 16, 2015

    Welcome readers! Being able to volunteer as a Press Operations Supervisor at the Ryerson Athletic Centre where both Women’s and Men’s Basketball is being played brought a whirlwind of emotions. Excitement as this opportunity would enable me to see Canada and other nations perform in a sport familiar to me, yet I was nervous, despite the extensive training that was required for my role, because I was somewhat unsure of what to actually expect during the Games. Continue reading

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  • Inaugural Gold for Team Canada Rowing at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

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    Post By: Meagan Miotto, Undergraduate student in Sport Management, Class of 2017

    Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games Volunteer, Press Operations Crew, Henley Rowing Regatta

    July 13, 2015

    Ready, set, go! Coming to you live from the first day of medal races on day 3 at one of the most historic venues of the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games the Henley Rowing Regatta. The Henley is celebrating 133 years of competition and tradition, and what could be a more fitting way to celebrate then by hosting 5 days of fast and furious competition from some of the best rowers in the world “For more than a century, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta has fostered rowing in this country, as well as the development of our young athletes,” said Ian Troop, chief executive officer of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (Canada, N, November 15, 2013). Continue reading

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  • Toronto 2015: My Experience

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    Post By: Kyle Degiuli, Undergraduate student in Sport Management, Class of 2016

    Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games Volunteer, Press Operations Supervisor, Henley Rowing Regatta

    July 15, 2015

    The local rowing regatta in St. Catharines, Ontario has been full of support from the fans that have been fortunate to see Canada capture multiple medals on their home soil. The 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Games in Toronto has been a huge success so far with, according to Paola Loriggio of The Canadian Press, 45,000 fans from all across these nations coming together to kick off the event at the Opening Ceremony at the Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto July 10th, 2015 (Loriggio, 2015). Hosting the Games is an opportunity for Toronto to prove itself as a city capable of hosting for future multisport events such as the Olympic Games, and to foster an economic impact from these and other sporting events through sport tourism. As the Canadian Spot Tourism Alliance notes, sport tourism is a great way to increase levels of tourism to the city, create job opportunities and enhance public infrastructure (Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, 2011). Continue reading

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  • Insider news from the CIBC PanAm/ParaPan Aquatics Centre and Field House

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    Post By: Kimberly Lennon, Undergraduate student in Sport Management, Class of 2016

    Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games Volunteer, Press Operations Supervisor, CIBC Pan Am/ Para Pan Am Aquatics Centre & Field House (PAC)

    July 15, 2015

    “It’s unreal, I am so happy right now. This is the coolest experience I’ve ever had” (Kierra Smith-USA).“It’s amazing to perform in front of a home crowd, which is something I’ve never done before. It’s an amazing feeling to have everyone cheering you on” (Emily Overholt-CAN). These are a few of my favorite quotes given to members of my Press Operations team following a preliminary swim round at the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House, also known as “PAC”. Since starting in my role as a Press Ops Supervisor, I have worked in the mix zone, the Tribune and with Photography. Despite the wonderful learning opportunity in each position, my favorite thus far has been working as the Games News Services, otherwise known as “GNS”, during my shift on July 15th.  This position presented some unique challenges, but proved to be exceptionally exciting. Continue reading

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  • Canoe Kayak kicks-off a great start to the Pan Am Games

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    Post By: Kate Lawson, Undergraduate student in Sport Management, Class of 2015

    Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games Volunteer, Press Operations Supervisor, Welland International Flatwater Centre

    July 11, 2015

    Today is the start of the Pan Am Games in Welland! The Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC) that received $5.6 million in funding from the Federal government to enhance the venue for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games (Benner, 2013). This financial contribution for a major Games is often warranted as hallmark sport events “produce economic benefits for the region, and country, in which they are hosted”, (Madden, 2006 p. 347). The legacy for this particular venue is to ensure the Niagara region will host many Canoe and Kayak events in the future. The first international event hosted during the renovations was the 2013 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Junior & U23 World Canoe Sprint Championships. Many athletes from this event also competed in the 2015 Pan Am Games, including Canada’s Michelle Russell. Continue reading

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  • Press Operations: From broadcast to print – we do it all

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    Post By: Heather McFarlane, Undergraduate student in Sport Management, Class of 2016

    Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games Volunteer, Press Operations Supervisor, CIBC Hamilton Stadium

    July 12, 2015

    Today is the second day of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and it is a beautiful day to kick-off elite soccer! This evening’s men’s matches at the CIBC Soccer Stadium in Hamilton are between Panama vs. Peru, and Men’s Canada vs. Brazil. The stadium seats 22,000 and the lines of fans outside are growing every second; the sea of red is waiting for the first game to kick off at 5:35pm. As any fan of sport you cannot help but get excited when you hear the crowd roaring in the stands. Pan Am is here and I cannot wait to see what the next 15 days have in store for me. Continue reading

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  • Right by the pool in Canada’s most expensive amateur sports venue

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    Post By: Fahim Ahmed, Undergraduate student in Sport Management, Class of 2017

    Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games Volunteer, Press Operations Crew, CIBC Aquatics Centre

    July 17, 2015

    It has been a week into the games and the excitement never seems to end. Each day brings new challenges, yet no challenge has been too hard to face thus far. As a Press Operations Crew member it is my job to ensure that all members of the press are well taken care of and able to do their jobs to the best of their abilities. In addition, members of the Press Operations Crew are tasked with obtaining quotes from athletes, which will be posted in articles on behalf of the Pan Am Games News Service (GNS).  On this particular day, the press had covered four different individual swimming competitions. Continue reading

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  • Press Operations: A new adventure

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    Post By: Evan Li, Undergraduate student in Sport Management, Class of 2017

    Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games Volunteer, Press Operations, Welland International Flatwater Centre

    July 11, 2015

    We’re now past the opening weekend of the 2015 Pan Am games. It’s always exciting to be a part of the three medal ceremonies I have experienced in recent days. Yet, somehow it becomes more special when that medal ceremony involves a Canadian gold medalist and not just any gold medal-winning athlete. This was especially profound for me as the very first gold medal of the Games was awarded to Canadians at the Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC) where I am assigned during the competition. Continue reading

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  • Archery hits the mark at Varsity Stadium

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    Post By: Austin Dadlani, Undergraduate student in Sport Management, Class of 2016

    Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games Volunteer, Press Operations Supervisor, Varsity Stadium-Archery

    July 18, 2015

    Learning that I had been scheduled to work the Archery event for the Pan Am Games, I will admit I was a little bit disappointed.  Archery is hardly a spectator sport; I would have much preferred being matched in a sport that I am passionate about such as baseball or basketball.  However, after volunteering at the archery venue, I now feel privileged to have been assigned to this sport because it opened my eyes. The actual sport is not the most exciting spectator sport as the arrow fly so fast through the air that one can’t even see them! The target is at such a distance that it is impossible to see where the arrow lands without checking at the big screen.  Now, my appreciation of this sport extends to the archers themselves.  I found these athletes to be masters of precision, and extremely polite and grounded.  Almost every single archer I approached, from the Americans and Canadians to Spanish and Portuguese-speaking athletes from various countries, was delighted to provide an interview; almost nobody rushed away from the mixed zone. Volunteering at the archery venue was also unique as I was the only SPMA student assigned to this sport thereby enabling me to take active leadership roles. Continue reading

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  • Row Row Row Your Boat Quickly Into The Mixed Zone, Por Favor!

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    Post By: Anike Vanagas, Undergraduate student in Kinesiology, Class of 2015

    Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games Volunteer, Press Operations Crew, Henley Island

    July 11-15, 2015

    The last five days volunteering for the Pan Am Games rowing event has been a whirlwind. The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games brought in more than 6,000 athletes from 41 countries to Toronto and surrounding areas. And 450 of those athletes were hosted at Brock University in the Vallee and Earp residences. Niagara definitely had it’s mark at the Games! Continue reading

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