Rosie MacLennan leads Pan Am torchbearers in Toronto

June 3, 2015   ·   0 Comments

King City’s Rosie Maclennan was the first bearer of the torch for the Pan Am Games Saturday.
By Mark Pavilons
King’s Olympic gold medallist Rosie MacLennan helped carry the torch in Toronto Saturday, to usher in the final journey to the Pan Am Games.
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is a proud premier partner of the Games and relay. The organization extended its thanks to MacLennan, Zsofia Balazs and Manuel Aparicio of Toronto, who were selected to be Pan Am torchbearers.
MacLennan is an Olympic and Pan Am Gold medal trampoline gymnast. She was the first Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Torchbearer to carry the flame on Canadian soil when the Pan Am Torch Relay kicked off at Harbourfront on Saturday.
Also carrying the flame on Saturday was Zsofia Balazs, a distance swimmer who won a silver medal in the 2007 Pan Am Games in Brazil. Zofia and Rosie were joined by torchbearer Manuel Aparicio who is a soccer player with Toronto FC.
MacLennan and Aparicio are recipients of Quest for Gold funding and Zsofia is a past recipient.
The Quest for Gold program was established in January 2006 to support Ontario athletes and increase their performance and participation on national and international sports teams. Since its launch, the program has provided $93 million in support of the province’s amateur athletes and their coaches. Each year, OLG contributes $10 million in proceeds to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport which runs the program. To date, more than 4,000 athletes have received funding assistance through the Quest for Gold program.
“OLG is proud to be a Premier Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and a Presenting Partner of the Torch Relay,” said Stephen Rigby, OLG’s president and CEO. “OLG has a proud history of championing amateur athletics in Ontario through Quest for Gold and the torch relay will be a great opportunity to celebrate that history.”
There was also a torch relay evening celebration to mark the arrival of the Pan Am flame at Trinity Square at Distillery District in Toronto.
The torch relay is now on its journey, which will share the  Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and will make its final stop on July 10, at the opening ceremony in Toronto.
The torch will visit King later this month. Peggy Belcher and Alessandra Benazzi are the proud community torchbearers and will join the pack visiting King City Public School Thursday, June 25.
OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG is a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.



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