Field hockey captain Scott Tupper named Canada’s Pan Am flag-bearer

The Canadian Olympic Committee announced its selection on Tuesday

Vancouver field hockey player Scott Tupper will be Canada’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the Pan American Games on Friday.

The Canadian Olympic Committee announced its selection on Tuesday, choosing the 32-year-old Tupper to lead 477 athletes and 119 coaches into Estadio Nacional del Peru. The Games run until Aug. 11.

Since making his first international appearance in 2005, Tupper has played more than 300 games for Canada. He has been captain of the team for the past eight years.

Tupper is a two-time Olympian and has won three medals at the Pan Ams (gold in 2007 and silver in 2011 and 2015). He is a five-time Pan American all-star.

Tupper learned he would be flag-bearer two weeks ago.

“I was a little bit shocked, flattered and excited,” said Tupper. “It’s an incredible honour, and for the COC to give me the opportunity, I’m immensely grateful.

“I certainly had a few nerves the first day or so, but I’m very proud and feeling privileged to have the honour. While it’s an individual distinction, it’s indicative of our team’s past success and I’m really looking forward to representing our program and our country at the opening ceremony.”

Tupper also coaches at the club, academy and junior national levels. In 2018, he was appointed to the International Field Hockey Federation’s Athletes’ Committee.

“Not only has he had outstanding performances at three consecutive Pan American Games, but his involvement with his sport off the field as a coach and mentor to Canada’s next generation of athletes made him the perfect choice,” Canadian chef de mission Doug Vandor said.

Canoer Mark Oldershaw was Canada’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, while Kia Nurse of the women’s basketball team carried the flag at the closing ceremony.

The Canadian Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Tenant forced out of sewage-flooded Victoria building angry at ‘lack of human decency’

Woman says tenants weren’t treated like ‘human beings’ when forced from homes in Wellburn’s building

Prince Harry reunites with Meghan and Archie in Victoria

Buckingham Palace said Tuesday it would not comment on private matters

Vancouver Island home to one of Canada’s largest private skateboard collections

Eric Pinto owns hundreds of boards, spanning multiple decades

Dogs no longer welcome at major Greater Victoria mall

New dog policy begins March 1 at Hillside Shopping Centre

Drivesmart: Pedestrian visibility at night a matter of life and death

Walk to stay alive: the pedestrian is always the loser in a collision

VIDEO: Greater Victoria mom shares ‘insane’ experience of viral dinosaur video

Tabitha Cooper filmed her costumed sons meeting their grandma at the Victoria International Airport

U.S. officials confirm first case of Wuhan coronavirus near Seattle

The U.S. is the fifth country to report seeing the illness

Supreme Court determines next phase of Victoria’s plastic bag ban on Thursday

The Supreme Court of Canada will decide whether or not it will hear the appeal

Booms go up in Esquimalt’s Gorge Creek after hydrocarbon spill

The source of the spill is being investigated

Agricultural Land Commission approves cannabis facility near Port Alberni

Proposed facility had been caught up in ALR red tape

500 attend Vancouver Island vigil for victims of Iran airplane crash

Sidney audience hears from several members of of the local Iranian-Canadian community

Skier dies at Fernie Alpine Resort

It’s the second person to die in a tree well at a ski resort in B.C. in the past week.

Put away the shovels, week of rain ahead for Vancouver Island

Environment Canada calling for wet weather until Sunday

Dog dies, Victoria man arrested after incident in Oaklands

Police called to ‘incident between a man and a dog’ Monday afternoon

Most Read