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Nattrass named Canada's flag bearer for Commonwealth Games' opening ceremony

Canada's Susan Nattrass waves to family in the stands after completing the first round of qualification in the womens trap shooting at the Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China Monday Aug.11, 2008. Nattrass will lead Canada into the 2014 Commonwealth Games.The six-time medallist and seven-time world champion has been chosen as this country's flag-bearer for the opening ceremony next month in Glasgow, Scotland. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

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Canada's Susan Nattrass waves to family in the stands after completing the first round of qualification in the womens trap shooting at the Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China Monday Aug.11, 2008. Nattrass will lead Canada into the 2014 Commonwealth Games.The six-time medallist and seven-time world champion has been chosen as this country's flag-bearer for the opening ceremony next month in Glasgow, Scotland. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA - Susan Nattrass will lead Canada into the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The six-time medallist and seven-time world champion has been chosen as this country's flag-bearer for the opening ceremony next month in Glasgow, Scotland.

"I'm ecstatic. It is such a tremendous honour to have been selected as Canada's flag-bearer," Nattrass said in a release. "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 63-year-old, who makes her home in Edmonton, has won medals in women's trapshooting at every Commonwealth Games she has attended and is also a member of Canada's Sport Hall of Fame, an Officer of the Order of Canada and a former Canadian athlete of the year.

"Susan has that rare quality of being both a pioneer in her sport, while still being a competitive, world-class athlete," said Canada chef de mission Chantal Petitclerc. "She will be an inspiration to all of us in Glasgow."

Nattrass was the first woman to ever compete in an Olympic trap shooting competition back in 1976, finishing 25th against her male counterparts.

She again broke the gender barrier in 1990 when she competed at the Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand, as the only woman in an all-men competition.

Nattrass successfully lobbied to have women's shotgun events included at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 and pressed the IOC to include women's trap and skeet events at the Olympics after they were barred following the 1992 Games. The events were eventually added to the Olympics in 2000.

The Commonwealth Games run from July 23 to Aug. 3.

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