They’re the primary members of a workforce sport to be chosen to steer Canada’s athletes right into a Summer season Olympic Video games.
“I really feel so honoured to symbolize Workforce Canada and lead Workforce Canada within the opening ceremony alongside Nate,” Ayim stated Monday in a video convention.”This previous yr and a half has demanded a excessive stage of teamwork, and Canadians from coast to coast to coast stepped up and demonstrated togetherness, resilience and solidarity.”
The opening ceremony will happen Friday.
Tokyo would be the third and ultimate Video games for Ayim, who made her Olympic debut at London 2012 and introduced she could be retiring after Tokyo.
Ayim and the fourth-ranked girls’s basketball workforce begin their quest for Canada’s first ever medal within the sport subsequent Monday.
Hirayama is co-captain of Canada’s males’s rugby sevens workforce and helped the squad seize two gold medals and a silver on the final three Pan American Video games.
Canada’s males’s sevens workforce is making its Olympic debut in Tokyo and begins play Sunday.
“It’s an enormous honour to be requested to do that, particularly alongside somebody as adorned and (who) has had the form of profession Miranda has had,” Hirayama stated.”Very excited to recover from there with my squad and get into these Video games.”
The reveal of Canada’s flag-bearers was made Monday morning by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“Miranda and Nathan are leaders on their respective groups,” Trudeau stated.”They embody the resilience, perseverance and excellence of Workforce Canada.”
Trampoline champion Rosie MacLennan carried the Canadian flag on the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Girls’s hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser was the final member of a workforce sport to hold the Maple Leaf in any Olympic ceremony, opening the 2014 Winter Video games in Sochi, Russia. Girls’s soccer captain Christine Sinclair, who held the flag on the 2012 London Olympics, was the final at a Summer season Video games.