The Road to Excellence (RTE) Initiative expressed its full support for the proposed Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games venue plan. The RTE is a collaborative summer sport technical initiative of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Sport Canada.
The venue plan addresses all of the sport legacy needs identified by the Canadian Olympic Committee at the very beginning of the bid process, said a press release.
The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games Aquatic Centre will become the pre-eminent aquatics facility in Canada, and with additional 50m pools proposed for Markham and Hamilton, it will add four new 50m pools to the Greater Golden Horseshoe of Ontario.
The Canadian Sport Centre Ontario will be home to state of the art coaching and training for Canadian high performance athletes.
The proposed Athletics Stadium in Hamilton will allow the best Canadian athletes to train and compete in Ontario, while the proposed velodrome in Hamilton will house the only indoor 250m cycling track in Canada.
Alex Baumann, Executive Director of Road to Excellence and double Olympic gold medallist in swimming said, “these facilities will ensure our athletes will be able to live and train in Ontario”.
Bid officials say the Games would bring a $1.4 billion injection of federal, provincial, municipal and private funding into sports infrastructure community use and long-term athlete development in the province of Ontario for years to come. It would also trigger more than 15,000 jobs in construction, tourism and event support.