The choice of a flag bearer is often seen as a sacred trust. An honour bestowed
on those who represent not only the athletes at the games but Canadians across
our country. The decision cannot be taken lightly and the person selected has
to be just right. There are many qualified athletes on our team who deserve the
honour to carry the Canadian flag but for these World Championship games in
Christchurch it has been given to me -Michelle Stilwell - wheelchair basketball
player turned racer.
"This is one of the greatest honors of my sporting career. For many years I have had the privilege to represent Canada at multiple international competitions. I have been inspired by my fellow athletes and I have always strived for excellence, pushing myself further than I thought I could and harder than many people wanted me to. Tomorrow at noon I will carry our country’s flag at the opening ceremony of the 2011 World Championships in Para-Athletics with incredible pride and great emotion."