Vancouver’s Scott Tupper will be Canada’s flag bearer at the opening ceremonies of the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Friday.
The 32-year-old athlete, one of the best field hockey players in the world, will lead a delegation of 477 athletes and 119 coaches on the Estadio Nacional del Peru track.
“I was shocked, flattered and excited at the same time,” said Tupper when he learned of his appointment two weeks ago. It is an incredible honor and I am immensely grateful to the Canadian Olympic Committee for giving me this opportunity. “
Tupper won three medals at the Pan American Games (gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2007, silver in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011, and Toronto in 2015).
He has been selected five times on the Pan-American All-Star Team.
The veteran also took part in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The Lima Pan Am Games is not only an essential step in the development of the next generation of athletes, but also part of the qualification process for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 22 sports, including field hockey.