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Parapan Am Games: News & Information

  • Synopsis: Information regarding the Parapan Am Games, a regional qualifying event for the Paralympic Games for athletes with disability.

Definition: Defining the Meaning of Parapan American Games

The Parapan American Games is a multi-sport event held every four years after every Pan American Games for athletes with physical disabilities. The first Games was held in 1999 in Mexico City, Mexico. The most recent games was the 5th Parapan American Games which took place in 2015 with the host city being Toronto, Canada.

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What are the Parapan Am Games

The first Parapan Games was held in 1999 in Mexico City and are held every four years.

The Parapan American Games became a regional qualifying event for the Paralympic Games, athletes. In 2003, Mar del Plata, Argentina, was the Host City for the Parapan Am Games. Coming off the success of the 1999 Parapan Am Games in Mexico City, the scope of the second edition widened: 1,500 athletes from 28 countries competed in nine sports.

The popularity of the Parapan Am Games continued to grow.

The Rio 2007 Parapan Am Games were hailed as a great success and as a milestone for the history of the Paralympic Movement in the Americas where 1,150 athletes from 25 countries competed in 10 sports. Rio was also the first Parapan Am Games to be held in the same city as its Pan Am counterpart, with just one Organizing Committee for both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

The Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games had 1,300 athletes from 26 countries compete in 13 sports.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions.

The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to develop sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games

Ontario, Canada, hosted the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games, August 7th to 15th, 2015. Accessibility features were a key part of the province's plan to leave long lasting benefits for all Ontarians. These legacy investments will also benefit visitors, support the development of future para-athletes and improve accessibility across the province.

Live broadcast of selected events, the most Parapan Am Games coverage ever, showcased parasport and the abilities of people with disabilities to millions of viewers. This marks the first time that the Parapan Am Games were televised in English and French in Canada.

Supporting an accessible and successful Parapan Am Games is part of the Canadian government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Past and Future Parapan Games
YearGamesHost CityCountryWinner Nation
1999IMexico CityMexicoMexico
2003IIMar del PlataArgentinaMexico
2007IIIRio de JaneiroBrazilBrazil
2011IVGuadalajaraMexicoBrazil
2015VTorontoCanada
2019VILimaPeru


Latest Parapan Am Games Publications

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