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SITE lines | Issue 3 July 29, 2015 2 Those chosen to represent their respective countries are united in their singular focus and lifelong dedicati on, yet distinguished by varying degrees of skill, speed, mental toughness, prodigy and experience. These Games represent the best of the Americas, with athletes vying for the coveted top spot on the podium. Triumph and heartbreak, celebration and disappoi ntment, abound. This is the pinnacle for some. It is a training ground for others. It is a qualifier for something bigger. It is one of a series for the exceptional. We, in Toronto, are the hosts to some quite spectacular moments. Athletics aside, the hea rts and souls of those aspiring for excellence are beautiful things to witness: the stories behind the grit and determination; the obstacles; the support. Our Canadian athletes have been unanimous in exclaiming that the crowd has brought energy to their performances. This energy has been credited with helping some to find that little extra push needed to go higher, faster, farther. There is undoubtedly an energy in the city right now, and it spreads outside of the GTA boundaries to other regions hosting e vents. Considering the unbelievable logistics of Games that sprawl such a distance — the largest ever — utilizing the best of each region to put on an event of this magnitude is truly staggering. Organizers have been criticized for some decisions, including the infamous HOV lanes. These lanes were maddening prior to the Games' commencement, as traffic crawled to a stop and grid - lock became even more of an issue, without a perceivable need at that time. Like them or not, they are now the lanes that athletes, o fficials, and carloads of spectators use to get to competitions on time, the very competitions that we have been privileged to watch live or while cheering from our couches. Risk management has been considered, to the tune of $230 million. Officers are pre sent and visible. There are tens of thousands of staff and volunteers. Years of preparation, new, improved infrastructure, including legacy sports facilities for the next generation, are both the commitment to and hallmarks of winning the bid to host somet hing on this scale. We, as event and travel professionals, can appreciate the immense amount of planning that has gone into bringing the Games to life. Every day, for several weeks, in multiple venues. Regardless of inevitable controversies, the overal l impact of the pursuit of excellence, by athletes and planners alike, is inspiring. And, as soon as the Pan Am Games are done, the Para Pan Am Games will take centre stage. The feats that the athletes in both Games accomplish epitomize excellence. I am su re organizers have felt weakened by the sheer enormity of it all and all the tiny nuances that need equal attention. But, like the athletes, they have had to find something extra from within to reach higher. The show must go on. Bringing it back to our SIT E Canada realm, our own sporting event is fast approaching – tiny in comparison but big in terms of its impact to our Canadian Chapter. We have been hosting our tournament, for years, on a world - class course, at Angus Glen. Our annual Golf Tournament will follow Pan Am golf this summer. Sold out again, this event has become a staple on the industry calendar, hosted on August 17th, a day before IncentiveWorks opens. The course becomes our proverbial outdoor boardroom, where members can connect in an atmosphe re of play. We have had the support of our title sponsor, AlliedPRA for seven years, along with countless returning sponsors and donors. This generosity has allowed us to put on a best - in - class event. Just last year, we established a meaningful partnershi p with KidSport, which has continued to grow, becoming more rewarding than we could have anticipated. A portion of our proceeds will benefit this non - profit partner and its important work to enable children and youth 18 years and under, of compromised fina ncial means, to participate in organized sport. Wouldn't it be excellent if some of the children benefiting from this charity grew up to become future Pan Am or Para Pan Am stars? GO CANADA! SITE Canada Calendar Aug. 17, 2015 A n n u a l G o l f T o u r n a m e n t A n g u s G l e n G o l f C l u b Sept. 30, 2015 C h a p t e r M e e t i n g N e l l a C u c i n a Oct. 23 - 25, 2015 G l o b a l C o n f e r e n c e , I n d i a Nov. 3, 2015 E d u c a t i o n D a y O n e K i n g W e s t Dec. 15, 2015 H o l i d a y S o c i a l I n t e r C o n t i n e n t a l H o t e l T o r o n t o C e n t r e "We, as event and travel professionals, can appreciate the immense amount of planning that has gone i nto bringing the Games to life. Regardless of inevitable controversies, the overall impact of the pursuit of excellence, by athletes and planners alike, is inspiring . "

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