The Municipality of Meaford Announces Community Torchbearer for Pan Am Games Torch Relay

Meaford, March 23, 2015 – The Municipality of Meaford is proud to announce Hannah Woodhouse as the community torchbearer for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice® and OLG.

The torch relay will visit Meaford on June 11 and will feature Hannah Woodhouse as the community torchbearer.   “I feel honoured to represent my community, athletic club, and country at an international level”, said Hannah.

As a grade 12 student at Georgian Bay Secondary School, Hannah Woodhouse is an avid runner and has been training for 4 years with the Meaford Coyotes Track Club. Through hard work, persistence, and determination Hannah has participated in and won many competitions, including a National Indoor Track Champion Title in the 3000m and 1500m. After dominating cross country races last fall at the district, regional and provincial level, Hannah participated in the Canadian Junior Cross Country Championships held in Vancouver, BC.  Despite racing up an age group, she ended up winning her first National Cross Country Title, earing her spot on the Canadian National Junior Team.

 “Hannah Woodhouse will proudly carry the Pan Am flame as the Municipality of Meaford’s community torchbearer,” said Mayor Barb Clumpus. “Meaford is excited to be a part of this historic journey and we look forward to showing our community to the world.”

During the 41-day torch relay, each of the 3,000 torchbearers will complete, on average, a 200-metre relay segment. The torch will be carried by more than 60 modes of transportation and exceed 5,000 kilometres on the road and 15,000 kilometres by air.

“The torch is a unique symbol of the Pan Am Games and carries a powerful energy that will unite Canadians,” said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer, TO2015. “The torchbearers will proudly carry the flame through more than 130 communities, igniting the Pan Am spirit as they go.”

Featured on the torch are the United We Play! pictograms — colourful depictions of people in motion —symbolizing the assembly of athletes through the celebration of sport and culture. The aluminium torch stands 65 centimetres high and weighs 1.2 kilograms (or roughly the same weight as a baseball bat). With a burn time of 10 to 12 minutes, the flame can withstand winds of up to 70 kilometres per hour and is visible in all kinds of weather conditions.

About the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay  
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice® and OLG, is supported by community partner CIBC and signature supporters Star Media Group and Metroland Media, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Porter Airlines. The torch relay will invite Canadians to celebrate and share the Pan Am spirit throughout its 41-day journey towards Toronto, the Host City of the Games.

The torch relay starts May 30, 2015, and concludes July 10, 2015, with the dramatic lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony in downtown Toronto.

The TORONTO 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, as well as Lead Partner CIBC and other partners and sponsors.

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For further information, please contact:

Carlene Siopis
Manager, marketing and communications, TO2015


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