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Scotland’s Minister of Sport talks legacy during visit to UTSC

UTSC's Interim Principal Professor Bruce Kidd and The Hon. Shona Robison, Scotland’s Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport. (Photo by Ken Jones)

UTSC hosted delegates from the Government of Scotland to talk about the way sporting events can build a sustainable legacy in the cities that host them.

The delegation, including The Hon. Shona Robison, Scotland’s Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, is in Canada as part of the build-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer. They received an overview of the sporting, cultural and educational legacy tied to the world-class Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) currently being built at UTSC.

“We are building programs that will ensure TPASC is a hub of activity, collaboration and community for the eastern GTA—an area of the city that has previously not been well-served,” says Professor Julie McCarthy, acting vice principal, research at UTSC. “In terms of legacy TPASC is a game changer.”

The facility represents the largest-ever investment in amateur sport infrastructure in Canada and will be jointly owned and operated by UTSC and the City of Toronto following the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan American Games. It will be available to students, the community and will be home to high-performance athletes through the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO).

Robison said the legacy of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will include job creation in an economically depressed area of the city, the building of new athletics facilities and improved transit links and public housing.

The delegates also visited several Pan Am venues throughout the GTA and met with The Hon. Bal Gosal, Canada’s Minister of State (Sport), earlier in the week.

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