The Pan Am Games officially got underway last week, and Canada is off to a roaring start, leading the medal table as of press time.
The success of our Canadian athletes at these games is a point of pride for all of us. And the greatest victory of all to come from this game, won’t show up on any podium.
The greatest success to come out of these games for future generations of athletes will no doubt be the investment of more than $2 billion towards sports facilities in the GTA. These new and refurbished facilities will foster the future success of many athletes, who will one day go on to glory on a global stage.
The infrastructure upgrades - including the new rail link between Union Station and Pearson Airport - may have come eventually, but the Pan Am Games helped to speed up the process, which will benefit many in the GTA, even in North Durham.
We have long had a rich sporting history in this area, which will now likely only be enhanced with these world-class athletic facilities just a short trip away.
From the new aquatics centre in Scarborough to the gymnasium in Markham to the new velodrome in Milton, no longer will athletes from North Durham, and the entire GTA, have to abandon athletic dreams simply because the proper facilities aren’t available for them to use.
The Pan Am Games could ultimately prove to be the catalyst to help propel a young man or woman from the area to future Olympic glory, which would be a great point of pride for the entire area. It would seem to be a small price to pay for a few weeks of traffic frustrations for those making daily commutes to Toronto.
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