June 19th, 2015

Gail Martin

Independent Editor

Heidelberg resident Sean Ferguson is also among the local residents who will be participating in the Pan Am Games Torch Relay.

Ferguson, who works full-time as a private swim coach, said that he learned of the opportunity through several of the associations of which he is a member, including Parks and Recreation Ontario and Physical Health Education Canada, among others.

It was something he knew he wanted to pursue.

“I’m always looking to support my local community, and the athletes in pursuit of their excellence,” said Ferguson.

As a chartered professional coach, Ferguson said he is well aware of the sacrifices athletes make to achieve greatness. He served as a varsity swim coach at Wilfrid Laurier University, and in 2008, had the pleasure of seeing one of his athletes compete at the Paralympic Games.

“I just wanted to lend my support to these athletes,” said Ferguson.

He found out in November that he made the short list, with the final approval coming through in March.

Ferguson said he is looking forward to the chance to being part of the local celebration to support area athletes.

“The games are a great opportunity for Canada and Ontario, to host international games,” said Ferguson.

His participation in the local Pan Am Games Torch Relay took place on Thursday, June 18, at University Avenue and Westmount Road in Waterloo.

The Pan Am Games will take place at a number of venues in the Toronto area from July 10 to 26, to be followed by the Parapan Am Games from Aug. 7 to 15. The Torch Relay, which was kicked off by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and gymnast Rosie MacLennan on May 30 in Toronto, will take a 41-day journey through Ontario, carried by more than 3,000 torchbearers.

 

Source : South Western Ontario