Media Advisory: Toronto’s Children to Get Active in the Spirit of the Olympic Games

July 22, 2008

The City of Toronto and Canada Games will host Toronto’s Third Annual Canada Games Day, a fun-filled day to remind children, and their parents, of the importance of active play. Attending as guest speakers will be former Canadian track and field Olympian Tim Bethune, professional wheelchair athlete Frank Iannuzzi from Ontario Wheelchair Sports and Canada Games Council representative Paul Jurbala. Paula Lemyre and Andrew Myers, the new hosts of the Discovery Channel’s Sci Q, will emcee and lead the ceremonial march. Past Canadian Idol contestant Charles Holder will sing the national anthem.Date: Thursday, July 24
Time: 10 a.m. (opening ceremonies) – 2 p.m.
Location: Centennial Park Stadium, 56 Centennial Park Rd.
(near Rathburn Road and Renforth Drive)

More than 1,200 children ages six to 12 will participate in creative activities that demonstrate the spirit of the Olympic Games. This free event will give participants in Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation’s camp program the opportunity to participate in fun activities while promoting physical activity and goal setting as a team and developing leadership skills. Eighty youth volunteers ages 14-18 will also have the opportunity to develop leadership skills while helping out with the games.

In addition, the event will celebrate the difference in cultures and abilities represented in Toronto with an active-storytelling station using traditional native storytelling techniques, and a wheelchair relay hosted by Mr. Iannuzzi.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726,

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