He said that beyond the numbers and the medals, “It is worth noting how Mexico has evolved and is no longer only recognized for the spirit and commitment expressed in each of its participations, sometimes with limited success.”

”This shows that Mexico has proved to itself and its society that it is possible to strive for higher goals and greater achievements, when there is discipline, perseverance, clarity of purpose and direction, and when we are consistent in our everyday actions,” he said.

He stressed that, “A medal is originally conceived in the mind. It is there, dreaming and thinking about what it wants to have and achieve individually, in the same way as you have won various medals and have had individual achievements.”

The president said that, “The government has planned, through the reforms and political changes that are taking place, to contribute to this effort to enable every Mexican to write his own success story.”

Success stories such as those you have written as a personal achievement, he said, are, “A huge contribution to a collective achievement: to projecting to Mexico as a nation that is emerging and growing, and transforming itself to achieve better conditions.”

President Peña Nieto recalled that the Pan Am Games in Toronto have been, “The occasion on which Mexico has achieved the most medals outside our country.”

He acknowledged the merit, “Of the successes each of you has achieved, while represented our nation in these games.”

He told the athletes that they are inspiration and example to many Mexicans, and, “Will make sport in our country an activity that multiplies and becomes part of the habits of a society such as ours.”

He noted that the Economic Package for 2016, which he submitted to Congress yesterday, “is consistent with what we are also doing in sport.”

YOU ARE HEROES; YOU MADE US FEEL THAT MEXICO HAD REACHED THE HEIGHT OF SPORTS, THROUGHOUT AMERICA: ALFREDO CASTILLO

Alfredo Castillo Cervantes, Director General of the National Commission of Physical Culture and Sport (CONADE), told the athletes that, “If we want to transform the country through sports, Mexico needs heroes and you are heroes,” because, “Your honored our flag in Toronto.”

He explained to President Enrique Peña Nieto that, “These men and women competed with the best of America; these women and men, our athletes in conventional and adapted sports, made us feel, for two weeks, that Mexico was at the top, at the sporting level, across America.”

He said that, “Today we have a president who plays sport and a secretary of public education who also plays sport; men who are committed to sport and improving high performance sport in our country.”

WE DID IT; WE REVEALED MEXICAN ATHLETES’ POTENTIAL: JUAN LUIS BARRIOS NIEVES

Juan Luis Barrios Nieves, a medalist in the Pan Am Games, told President Enrique Peña Nieto: “We did it. We came back from Toronto with the promised medals and we revealed Mexican athletes’ potential.”

He said that, “Sport has made us all not just top athletes, but also better citizens and better human beings who aspire to make Mexico a winning country that will serve as an example to our children, our youth and adults."

He said that, “Life is made up of victories and defeats. These are presented again and again in the sport activity to which we devote hours of training, which brings us to the limit of our physical capabilities. But these same abilities have enabled all of us, who are gathered here today, to prove again that the impossible is possible."

MEXICO IS A COUNTRY THAT IS EAGER TO GET AHEAD: AMALIA PÉREZ

Amalia Pérez Vázquez, a Parapan Am medalist, said that the delegation of Mexican athletes won a total of 113 medals and set new world records in Toronto 2015, “Achievements driven by a desire to ensure that all nations, particularly Mexico, see the self-assurance, confidence, faith, hope and love we put into each competition reflected in every athlete.”

She expressed her gratitude for the fact that Paralympic sport is recognized in society, together with multidisciplinary teams, and said that Mexico is a country that is keen to get ahead, with the conviction that it can improve every day with ethics and professionalism for obtain the best results.

“Having a disability is not a lifestyle choice, but a lifetime opportunity,” declared the Mexican weightlifter.