July 10th: Opening Ceremony

And the Pan American Games have officially begun here in Toronto. The stunning extravaganza of Cirque du Soleil artists culminated in a wonderful opening ceremony, where the Governor General of Canada, the Right Honorable David Johnston, declared open the games.
Also in attendance at the ceremony were Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, and Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee. A star studded field of past Olympians and hopeful future stars carried the flame to the end of it’s journey beneath the CN Tower, the tallest structure in the Americas, where it was lit by Canadian basketball legend Steve Nash.
Canada means business, and these games are off to a fantastic start.


Daily Blog:

Roxanne (my coverage partner) and I started the day with a tour of the impressive University of Toronto. The campus is a gem of serenity and peace in the busy city. After the tour concluded, we made our way north via Queen’s Park to the Royal Ontario Museum, an awe inspiring structure with an exhibit for everyone. The sheer size of the museum inspired us. It was absolutely huge. After a brief stop at Hudson’s Bay Company to purchase some swag, we traveled down Church Street to PrideHouse Toronto, the games-time resource for LGBTQ+ athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators. In the heart of Toronto’s Church and Wellesley neighborhood, it too is a gem in the city. There, in the midst of several hundred other Games enthusiasts, we watched the Opening Ceremony on huge TVs in an outdoor garden. All of the staff and patrons were incredibly friendly, and PrideHouse Toronto is a must visit (and they have a whole string of events during the Games).
Here’s to a great day of competition tomorrow!