Port Perry High School student Jack Martin will be carrying the torch through Ajax for the Pan and Parapan Am Games.
His family was contacted in April by members of the Pan Am Games Committee to see if he could be the Special Olympics representative.
“It’s something exciting for us as a family to support Jack in this and to cheer him on and to showcase Special Olympics,” his mother Lori Martin said. “We think that it is important that everybody has a chance to shine and this will be one of his moments to shine.”
Mr. Martin has been involved with the North Durham Otters swim team for the last two years and has competed with the Greater Durham Special Olympics golf team for the last three years. He, along with his family, have also volunteered with Precious Minds, an organization that provides support to families in North Durham.
The torch will travel through Ajax on Saturday, June 6. The relay will begin in Canada on Saturday, May 30, and will travel through a total of 130 communities prior to the opening of the Pan Am games on July 10.