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Flame ignites Pan Am spirit at UTSC

U of T Scarborough Principal Bruce Kidd lights his torch in preparation to run it to its next stage. The Pan Am torch will complete its journey at the opening ceremonies July 10. (Photo by Sayada Nabi)

On the 36th day of its 41-day journey, the Pan Am Torch made its debut at U of T Scarborough.

To start the ceremony, Indigenous Elder in Residence Cat Criger and his son came on stage to bless the grounds. “As people no matter where we are, what we are doing, whether people can see us or not we should be striving to achieve our outmost potential, and the Games are about that,” he said.

Odawa-Ojibwe hoop dancer Lisa Odjig followed Criger. She is a two time world champion, and was a semi-finalist on the first season of Canada’s Got Talent. Adorned in blue and red, she told the crowd she designed her garment herself: “I chose the colour blue because it represents beautiful Ontario and our Great Lakes.”

Scarborough native and Toronto FC’s Dwayne de Rosario carried the flame and lit the cauldron. When asked to describe what he was feeling at the moment in one word, the crowd chanted “Scarborough,” and that's the word he chose.

The torch bearer to carry the flame off the stage was none other than UTSC Principal Bruce Kidd. “I am very moved to be here, I am representing all the people who worked so hard to bring the Pan Am Games to University of Toronto Scarborough,” Kidd said.

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