Pachi is a legacy of the incredibly successful TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. The wildly popular mascot was created by four grade 8 students from Markham who entered the nationwide TORONTO 2015 Mascot Creation Challenge that drew 4,130 submissions from more than 15,000 kids, parents and teachers.
Pachi, like other porcupines, has a visual impairment and difficulty seeing objects that are far away. Understanding and working around that limitation helps him connect to people of all abilities.
Pachi is popular! In connection with the TORONTO 2015 Games, Pachi visited 424 schools, attended more than 1,300 events, made over 2,300 appearances and had over 366,000 interactions with people. And, more than 100,000 Pachi plushies were sold, accounting for nearly 30% of all Games merchandise sales.
Pachi is head cheerleader of Games Ontario events, all of which showcase Ontario athletes competing in multiple sports. These include the Ontario Summer Games and the Ontario Winter Games, the Ontario 55+ Summer Games and the Ontario 55+ Winter Games and the Ontario ParaSport Games.
Pachi also supports the athletes and coaches on Team Ontario at the Canada Games.
Pachi’s Team Ontario job comes with the Team Ontario look. His white hat and wristbands feature the Games Ontario logo, modelled on the iconic Ontario trillium and highlighted with coloured ripples of red, green, and blue:
And, Pachi’s distinctive quills match the logo.
The Ontario Summer Games and Ontario Winter Games are a showcase of amateur sport. As Ontario’s largest multi-sport events, these Games provide top young athletes with development and competitive opportunities that prepare them for national and international competition. Summer Games and Winter Games are held in even numbered years, and attract 3,000 - 3,500 participants competing in 20+ sports.
The Ontario 55+ Summer Games and the Ontario 55+ Winter Games, delivered in partnership with the Ontario Senior Games Association, are annual celebrations of active living (alternating between Winter and Summer) for Ontarians 55 years of age or older. The Summer Games, first held in Kitchener in 1986, are hosted on even numbered years in August and attract approximately 1,400 participants. The Winter Games, first held in Collingwood in 2000, are hosted in odd numbered years in February with approximately 1,000 participants.
The Ontario ParaSport Games, delivered in partnership with ParaSport Ontario, showcase Ontario’s best para-athletes, promote public awareness of parasports and contribute to a legacy of improved accessibility in the host community. The Ontario ParaSport Games, first held in Cambridge in 1975, attract more than 300 participants competing in 7-10 sports. The event is held in the winter in odd years.