The Canadian Olympic Committee has named Olympic bronze medalist Mark Oldershaw as the flag bearer to lead Team Canada’s largest ever Pan American Games delegation into the opening ceremonies at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games on July 10.
“I am bursting with pride at being named Canada’s flag bearer,” said Oldershaw. “As Team Canada marches into the Opening Ceremony for the Games, I will be thinking of all my teammates and of my grandfather, father and uncles who paved the way for me with their love of sport. I am so thankful for their support and the support of the Team Canada fans.”
Oldershaw is from Burlington, ON and grew up paddling at the Burloak Canoe Club in Oakville, ON. He is the fifth member of his family to compete at the Olympic Games and the first to make it to the podium. Oldershaw won bronze in the Men’s C1 1000m at the London 2012 Olympic Games. He will race the same event at the Canoe Sprint Pan American Games events at the Welland International Flatwater Centre from July 11 to 14. He is coached by his father, Scott Oldershaw, who is extremely proud to hear the news.
“As his coach, I am very happy to see him as flag bearer. He, along with many others, has worked very hard to get to this point, and it’s great to see that recognized,” the senior Oldershaw commented. “As his father, I am extremely proud and excited for him as I know this will be one of his career highlights. He’s an excellent choice for the honour.”