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Innisfil ignites the Pan Am Games spirit

By Miriam King, Bradford Times

Pan Am Games Torch Relay torch-bearer Rod Boynton brings the Pan Am flame to the Town of Innisfil aboard a tug, docking in Innisfil Beach Park, Ont. on Thursday June 11, 2015. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

Pan Am Games Torch Relay torch-bearer Rod Boynton brings the Pan Am flame to the Town of Innisfil aboard a tug, docking in Innisfil Beach Park, Ont. on Thursday June 11, 2015. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

From the calm waters of Lake Simcoe, to cheering crowds of students at the Innisfil Recreation Complex - the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Torch made its way through Innisfil on June 11.

Former Innisfil Councillor and long-time volunteer Rod Boyton carried the Pan Am Flame on board a tug boat that docked at Innisfil Beach Park, where the flame was handed off to young torch-bearer Clayton Coderio-Smith.

Innisfil Mayor Gord Wauchope and members of Council welcomed the Torch to the community. An emotional and teary-eyed Councillor Carolyn Payne noted, “We're making history!”

For the first time, Innisfil will be a venue for the Games, welcoming approximately 250 athletes to the Shooting competitions, once the games begin in July.

The Torch Relay and a convoy headed up Innisfil Beach Rd. to Alcona Glen Public School, where student Marlon Valentine received the flame, in front of hundreds of cheering students, teachers, staff and parents.

“I'm honoured,” Marlon told the crowd, when asked what it was like to be a torch-bearer. “It's awesome.”

The Relay brought the flame to Innisfil's Recreation Complex, where a Community Celebration took place in front of more than 300 Grade 5 students, as Innisfil Community Torch-bearer Vincent DeGasperis brought the flame to the stage, and passed it to Quest for Gold athlete Shelby Heyd, for the next leg of the journey to Base Borden.

Bradford West Gwillimbury welcomes the Relay on Friday, June 26, with a Community Celebration beside the Bradford Public Library, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will include music, food, sports demonstrations and other entertainment, with the Relay arriving around 1 p.m. Young torch-bearers Christopher Lotto, Anton Mlynczyk and Teodor Mlynczyk will bring the flame to the main stage.

Police are warning of rolling road closures as the torch and its convoy come through Bradford.


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