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June 26,2014(ISN) – Ottawa –Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) today announced that Dr. Susan
Nattrass (Edmonton, AB) will be the Canadian Team’s Flag bearer for the 2014
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Undoubtedly the most decorated shooting athlete of all time, Susan Nattrass
has won medals in women’s trapshooting at every Commonwealth Games she has
attended. She is truly a legend in Canadian sport: member of Canada’s Sport
Hall of Fame, Officer of the Order of Canada, former Canadian athlete of the
year, and a number of other honours too numerous to mention.

The first woman to ever compete in an Olympic trap shooting competition
(Montreal 1976), Susan finished 25th against her male counterparts. She
broke the gender barrier again in 1990 when she competed at the Commonwealth
Games in Auckland as the only woman in an all-men competition.

Susan successfully lobbied the Commonwealth Games Federation to include
women’s shotgun events in the Commonwealth Games, a pursuit that came to
fruition in Manchester 2002. She had initially lobbied the IOC to include
women’s trap and skeet events as separate events in the Olympic Games after
they were barred following the 1992 Games, seeing her quest become a reality
in Sydney in 2000.

Susan is clearly a role model as an athlete, a women’s advocate and a leader
in her sport, and she has served as an inspiration to many during her
career.

“Susan has that rare quality of being both a pioneer in her sport, while
still being a competitive, world-class athlete,” says Team Canada Chef de
Mission, Chantal Petitclerc. “She will be an inspiration to all of us in
Glasgow, and I am thrilled that she has accepted to be our Flag bearer.”

The 2014 Canadian Team Flag bearer admitted to being very emotional when she
received the call from Petitclerc. “I’m ecstatic; it is such a tremendous
honour to have been selected as Canada’s Flag bearer in Glasgow. I love the
Commonwealth Games and will do my best to be worthy of this exceptional
group of athletes that we have on our Team.”

The Canadian Team Flag bearer selection process involved invitations to all
National Sport Federations on the Commonwealth Games programme to submit a
nomination to the CGC. A Selection Committee comprised of the Chef de
Mission, athlete representative, coach representative, CGC President and CGC
Director of Sport met to evaluate the nominations received and select a
candidate.

“We did not hesitate one second before submitting Susan’s name as a
candidate for the Flag bearer position”, said Shooting Federation of Canada
President Asmir Arifovic. “Susan is a legend in the world shooting
community, and we believe that she will represent not only our sport, but
the entire Canadian Team exceedingly well. We are thrilled that CGC has
selected Susan to lead the Team at the Opening Ceremony in Glasgow.”

“By proudly carrying the Canadian flag, Susan Nattrass will lead the entire
Canadian team into Celtic Park for the opening of the 20th Commonwealth
Games in Glasgow, Scotland,” said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of
State (Sport). “Congratulations on this tremendous honour and know that you
have all Canadians behind you.”

The shooting events will take place July 23-29th at the Barry Buddon
Shooting Centre in Carnoustie Scotland, with a total of 19 events to be
contested in rifle, pistol, trap and skeet.

The Canadian Team will be comprised of 267 athletes, Canada’s largest team
ever fielded for a non-home Games. The entire Canadian Team will be
officially named by Commonwealth Games Canada in early July 2014.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 23rd to August
3rd, 2014, and will be the largest ever multi-sport event held on Scottish
soil.

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