Mexico hosted the inaugural Parapan Am Games at Mexico City 1999 and again at Guadalajara 2011.
Mexico placed first in the medal count at Mexico City 1999 and Mar del Plata 2003.
At Guadalajara 2011, Mexico was particularly strong in two sports – winning 80 medals in athletics and 60 in swimming out of its total of 165 medals. The host nation finished third in the medal count behind the United States and Brazil.
An athlete to watch at TORONTO 2015 is swimmer Juan Ignacio Reyes, gold medallist at Mar del Plata 2003. Reyes won two silver and two bronze medals at Guadalajara 2011, and is also a five-time Paralympic Games gold medallist.
Mexico has been a mainstay at every Pan Am Games since winning 40 medals at the inaugural Games at Buenos Aires 1951. In all, Mexico has won 916 medals, ranking the country sixth on the all-time Pan Am Games medals list.
Mexico has hosted the Pan Am Games three times (Mexico City 1955, Mexico City 1975 and Guadalajara 2011), a feat equalled only by Canada.
Mexico’s best performance came at Guadalajara 2011 when the country won 133 medals, shattering its previous record of 80 medals at Mar del Plata 1995. As the host nation, Mexico won 42 gold, 41 silver and 50 bronze medals. The majority of medals were won in diving (12), athletics (10) and Basque pelota (nine).
Samantha Terán (squash), Paola Longoria (racquetball), Juan Luis Barrios (athletics) and Paola Espinoza (diving) are just a few of Mexico’s gold medallists from Guadalajara expected to attempt a repeat at TORONTO 2015.