Toronto, Ontario – The Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Vaughan, presents Christine Sinclair, captain of Canada’s Senior Women’s National Soccer Team, the Canadian flag that she will carry for our country during the opening ceremonies of the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. This particular flag previously flew from the Peace Tower of Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
On Tuesday, October 4, 2011, the entire roster of Canadian athletes competing in the XVI Pan American games was announced. Sinclair will lead a team of 491 athletes into Omnilife Stadium, representing all 10 provinces and the Northwest Territories. Canada’s 2011 Pan American Games athlete delegation is Canada’s second largest at any Pan American Games, trailing only the 618 athletes that participated in 1999 in Winnipeg.