Torch Relay Lights the Way in Markham
Nothing could dampen the spirit of thousands of residents who came out on Saturday, June 27, to watch 88 torchbearers carry the Pan Am Flame through Markham leading up to the Pan Am Games.
Starting at 10 a.m. from Cornell Community Centre and Library, where hundreds gathered to cheer on Robert Latcham, the first torchbearer in Markham who led the relay for the day. PACHI, along with the Mayor and Members of Council, travelled the entire route stopping at several significant locations around the City to teach the PACHI Wiggle to children, and help get the community excited about the Games.
The day ended with a celebration and fun for all as PACHI and his team whipped up some laughs at the Markham Civic Centre. Eager spectators watched Gillian Apps bring in the torch for its final leg in Markham, ending the day on a Gold note!
View photo highlights of the Torch Relay on Markham's Flickr page.
"This project was made possible [in part] by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario."
«Ce projet a été rendu possible [en partie] grâce au gouvernement du Canada et le gouvernement de l'Ontario.»
The Pan Am Flame arrives at Civic Centre
PACHI gets the crowds cheering with his signature PACHI Wiggle
Robert Latcham, whose family donated the land on which Markham-Stouffville Hospital is built, started the day off by carrying the Pan Am Flame from Cornell Community Centre & Library
Cailey Stollery, President of Angus Glen Golf Club, passed the torch to Sarah Wells at the Angus Glen Golf Club – where golf premiered at the Pan Am Games.
Honourable Michael Chan, MPP, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, looks on as the torch is handed over at the Taste of Asia festival.
Patrick O’Hanlon kept going despite the rain, as did a number of other torchbearers who ran on Saturday, June 27, including Felipe Angarita and Dallyssa Huggins.
View more photo highlights of the Torch Relay on Markham's Flickr page.