As the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games have come to a close, so has my time volunteering with them during this past week.
I was lucky enough to be stationed at the Pan/Parapan Am Fields (PAF) once again, and work alongside the same group of volunteers I was with during Pan Am. It was wonderful to see all their faces and collaborate as a team a second time around!
I got the chance to see some football 5-a-side games at PAF, which I did not know much about beforehand. It is just like the football (soccer) game that would typically come to one’s mind. The exception: the athletes are visually impaired and wear blindfolds. The only members of the teams not wearing blindfolds are the goalkeepers and the team guides, who are positioned on both ends of the field and direct the players towards the target. Everyone watching the game must be absolutely silent, as the players rely on their hearing in order to hear their guides and the rattling sounds that a special ball makes during play. Even though Pan Am was over, its energy carried onto the Parapan Am Games, and I got to witness that as spectators cheered on their teams.
In all, the Toronto 2015 Games have been quite an adventure – a fun and exciting one! I am grateful for being given the opportunity to be one of the 23,000+ individuals chosen to volunteer for this historical event in Canadian and Pan/Parapan Am history.
Recently our Creative Writing Volunteer Vanessa Mugoa had the awesome opportunity to be a volunteer at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games and shares it with us on the Girls eMentorship Blog.
If you have not heard, the 2015 Toronto Games have been vibrantly taking over the city! I was lucky enough to be one of the 23,000+ individuals chosen to volunteer at the Pan Am Games, and I am here to share my experience with you all.
For my volunteer role at Pan Am, I was stationed at the Pan Am Fields, which is right in the heart of the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus, and also where Pan Am’s field hockey tournaments took place. I got the chance to work among a dedicated team of volunteers, and together we took on each day with tons of excitement and positivity. We also cheered on as the Canadian men’s field hockey team won silver and the women’s team won bronze in the finals. I have to say, there is something amazing about watching a crowd of proud Canadians as they cheer on their nation, and also being a part of that community.
This amazing opportunity gave me the chance to meet new people, contribute to the happening of this event, and also be a part of a great moment in our Canadian history! Even though the Pan Am Games officially had its Closing Ceremony not too long ago, I will always hold onto the many memories I made and the souvenirs I received along the way. As the 2015 Toronto Games are not over yet, I look forward to volunteering at the Parapan Am Games, which will begin August 7.