Our Evening at the Games

Posted by Sam on July 27, 2015


Well, they’re over, the Pan Am Games, but what fun we had, what amazing athleticism we witnessed! Congratulations to everyone who participated and helped make it possible, athletes, organizers, volunteers. No contribution was too small, no feat too minor.


Now for those of us smarting a bit at not having our daily dose of live sports in our midst, a little flash of memory: some pictures from Friday afternoon, when my fellow blogger Rebecca and I once again made our way to the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletic Stadium right here on campus to witness the events inside. What better way to spend a Friday than among a crowd of roaring Canadians cheering on our fellow athletes? Enjoy the sights!


The stands were a sea of red and white.


Men’s javelin throw final.


Tried to go for an MTV angle . . .
A disappointing finish for the Canadian runner Kimberly Hyacinthe, who placed sixth in the women’s 200m final.
America’s Kyra Jefferson taking her victory lap after a second-place finish in the women’s 200m final.
Let’s not forget who makes all this possible: the incredible volunteers of the Games.


York’s own Vice-Provost Students, Janet Morrison, and my fellow blogger, Rebecca Mangra, takin’ in the sights.
Canada’s Andre De Grasse lining up for the men’s 200m final.


Oh, and he came first.


A tearful Ms. De Grasse after her son’s gold medal victory.
Men’s 1500m final.
Canadian Charles Philibert-Thiboutot embracing his fans after a third-place finish.


A brief moment of relaxation for the volunteers.
Women’s 3000m steeplechase.
Setting up for the women’s long jump final.
Canada’s own Christabel Netty soars through the air for a first place in the women’s long jump final.

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GO!! Canada’s Jellisa Westney passing the baton to Kimberly Hyacinthe in the women’s 4x100m relay semifinal. Canada would go on to place second in their heat, with York’s own Khamica Bingham lighting up the final stretch. On Saturday the team took Bronze in the finals.
Next up was the men’s 100m relay semifinal.
Canada’s Aaron Brown looking like a Nike ad.
Unfortunately, Canada would later be disqualified due to Gavin Smellie stepping outside of his boundary during the race.
Another day, another medal.
Another day, another medal.


My ears are still ringing from the vivacious crowd around me as Canada placed in event after event throughout the day. It was an incredible experience to hear and feel the earthquake of a thousand foot stomps every time the word “Canada” was uttered.


I already look forward to the Parapan Am Games, from August 7 to August 15, and the excitement they too will bring into the these stands. Stay tuned for more coverage!


Do you have an experience of the Games you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @yorkustudents.


Sam recently graduated with an Honours BA in Communications.

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    heather not mom Elsley

    Great pics. Love the straight on one’s of the track.

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