The two-year countdown will include celebrations in communities from across the Golden Horseshoe slated to host Pan Am Games events.
Each participating community — from Hamilton to Oshawa — will host a different event as part of Wednesday's celebrations. At many of the events, Canadian athletes will be on hand to entertain the crowd and hold skills workshops in the 36 Pan Am sports including volleyball, soccer and badminton.
CBC's Anne-Marie Mediwake will host CBC News Toronto's Wednesday show from the new Markham Pan Am/Parapan Am Centre, which will host the water polo, table tennis and badminton events.
Joining Mediwake in Markham from the CBC team will be Scott Russell of CBC Sports Weekend.
Sun Jian Fei, a professional table tennis player and former Chinese national team member, will entertain the crowds in Markham with his skills.
Other highlights of Wednesday's kickoff events include:
- Welland At the Welland Pan Am Flatwater Centre Mark Oldershaw (2012 Olympic bronze medallist in canoe sprint) will race again against K.C. Fraser (2011 Pan Am gold medallist in kayak sprint).
- Oshawa 2011 Pan Am gold medallists Mary Spencer and Mandy Bujold will put up their dukes and spar at the Oshawa Civic Square at 10:45 a.m.
- Ajax Baseball fans will want to check out the softball clinic at the Ajax Pan Am ballpark on Audley street. Former major leaguers Rob Butler, Warren Sawkiw and Nigel Wilson will be there. The clinic starts at 9:30 a.m., with celebrity baseball and softball exhibition games set to get underway at 11 a.m.
Other events will take place in Mississauga, Hamilton, Caledon and Milton.
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