July 8, 2017 5:10 pm
Updated: July 18, 2017 10:38 am

‘Hard to put into words’: Team NS flag bearer excited for Canada Games

Sailor Siobhan MacDonald will carry the Nova Scotia flag at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg.

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Siobhan MacDonald, a sailor from Mabou, Cape Breton, will carry the Nova Scotia flag during the opening ceremonies of the Canada Games in Winnipeg later this month.

“I was really shocked when I found out, because I know a lot of the competitors here and how spectacular all of them are, and all the time and dedication that it takes just to get here is pretty phenomenal,” MacDonald said.

“It’s hard to put into words how proud I am that they chose me to lead everyone in the opening ceremonies.”

WATCH: People of all ages came out to help cheer on Nova Scotia’s best young athletes Saturday. A pep rally was held at Grand Parade ahead of the Canada Games in Winnipeg later this month.

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MacDonald is a double amputee and currently studying at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. She will compete in the 2.4mR para-sailing event at the Canada Games, the same race in which she placed fourth during the 2013 Canada Games.

Zane Clarke, a member of the national U23 kayak team, will carry the Nova Scotia flag at the closing ceremonies on Aug. 13.

“Selecting the flag bearers is never an easy task, and this year was no different,” Stephen Gallant, chef de mission for Team Nova Scotia, said in a news release.

“The competition was tough, but Siobhan and Zane are extremely deserving and great representatives for the province,” he said. “They are medal hopefuls, and more importantly, community-minded athletes who are great examples of what determination, hard work and perseverance can accomplish.”

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A pep rally was held Saturday afternoon at Grand Parade in Halifax to help cheer on the 425 young athletes competing in the Canada Games before they head off to Winnipeg.

The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event.

In total, 4,000 athletes, coaches and managers will take part in more than 250 events from July 28 to August 13.

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