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Toronto 2015 hands over the keys and launches the legacy

U of T Scarborough along with the City of Toronto took over the keys to the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre during a ceremony on Sept. 22. (Photo by Ken Jones)

This past summer athletes broke records and won medals along with the hearts of Canadians at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Today Toronto 2015 CEO Saäd Rafi handed back the building keys the University of Toronto Scarborough and the City of Toronto, officially launching the facility as a legacy of the Games.

“This is a heritage that makes us very proud. The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre demonstrates we can do remarkable things together,” says UTSC Principal Bruce Kidd. “This building is an outstanding example of sustainability and accessibility, and a game changer in sports infrastructure in the GTA. Our students and our community have the best possible facility for athletics, recreation and wellness.”

Students, faculty, staff and the local community—together with elite athletes—will swim in one of Canada’s newest and fastest pools—the same pool as Canada’s most decorated Paralympic swimmer Benoît Huot, and work out in facilities that are the training grounds for six national sports organizations and the elite athletes who train with the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario.

Funded by the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the University of Toronto Scarborough and its students, TPASC is one of the largest investments ever made in amateur sport infrastructure in Canada.  The building, which achieved LEED Gold status recognizing its outstanding environmental features, is also a model of accessibility and features stunning amenities.

The sports centre is the home of UTSC’s Department of Athletics & Recreation. “The University of Toronto Scarborough has always prided itself on academics,” says Dan-Lee Athill, a fourth year Health Studies student.  “And now transitioning the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre to our athletics centre makes UTSC the place to be for bright kids who also shine in sports. “

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