Toronto, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) would like to congratulate Rosie MacLennan, Zsofia Balazs and Manuel Aparicio of Toronto, who were selected to be Pan Am torchbearers in the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.
Rosie is an Olympic and Pan Am Gold medal trampoline gymnast. Rosie will be the first TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torchbearer to carry the flame on Canadian soil when the Pan Am Torch Relay kicks off at Harbourfront on Saturday, May 30, 2015.
Also carrying the flame on Saturday will be Zsofia Balazs, a distance swimmer who won a silver medal in the 2007 Pan Am Games in Brazil. Zofia and Rosie will be joined by Manuel Aparicio who is a soccer player with Toronto FC.
Rosie and Manuel 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,” says 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.”
Rosie, Zsofia and Manuel will carry the Pan Am flame through Toronto on Saturday, May 30, 2015.
Join us at the torch relay evening celebration to mark the arrival of the Pan Am flame at Trinity Square at Distillery District in Toronto. The flame will arrive at 5 p.m.
The torch relay will start in Canada on May 30, 2015. The 41-day journey will share the Pan Am Games spirit in more than 130 communities and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony in Toronto.
OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. 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 the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.
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