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August 11, 2009
Mayor hosts celebration of youth cricket at Toronto City Hall
Today, Mayor David Miller kicked off the fifth annual Cricket Across the Pond program at City Hall. The Mayor introduced a team of 14 youth from Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods, known as the CIMA Toronto Mayor’s Team XI, along with various community partners and sponsors. On August 14, the team will travel to Kingston Upon Thames to play cricket against their counterparts in the United Kingdom. During last year’s tour, the CIMA Toronto Mayor’s Team XI declared victory in all six matches.

"The City of Toronto strives to offer innovative programs which reflect the interests of our youth,” said Mayor Miller. “Cricket Across the Pond gives youth an opportunity to participate in a sport that is becoming increasingly popular in Toronto, and to travel and gain new experiences and knowledge that will be with them for a lifetime."

Joining in today’s celebration were Brenda Patterson, General Manager of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation; Kanish Thevasara, President of CIMA Canada; Riz Ahmad, Vice President Commercial Financial Services; RBC Royal Bank; and Jim Myers, Senior Vice President, Bell Canada, Customer Service. (CIMA stands for Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.)

“As a lead corporate sponsor of the CIMA Canada Mayor’s Trophy since its inaugural year, Bell is proud of its commitment to a sport that has proven to be an exciting and positive way of connecting Toronto’s diverse communities,” said Jim Myers of Bell Canada. “We are especially looking forward to this year’s event as we’ll introduce our first ever Bell employee cricket team.”

Cricket Across the Pond is a direct result of Toronto’s Annual Celebration of Cricket - CIMA Canada Mayor’s Trophy, launched in 2005 by Toronto Mayor David Miller and Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair. This event promotes cricket as a sport that provides a unique opportunity to engage the City’s youth and promote relationships among Toronto’s diverse residents. The goals of Cricket Across the Pond are to improve access to the game of cricket, introduce the basic rules of the game to beginners, improve physical activity among youngsters, build leadership skills among young cricketers and integrate the game of cricket in to the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation sports curricula and day camp structure.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation media hotline, 416-560-8726,



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