According to Joshua Clipperton of the Canadian Press on Wednesday, curler Sonja Gaudet of Vancouver, British Columbia, will be the flag bearer for Canada in the opening ceremonies at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi on Friday.
Gaudet, who plays the lead position for team Canada in wheelchair curling, won a gold medal for Canada at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver
Gaudet, who is a member of the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame, has also made a huge contribution to wheelchair curling. According to wheelchaircurler.blogspot.ca, Gaudet invented a "self-designed" balance post made from lightweight aluminum that is attached to the left side of her wheelchair. It allows her to change the physical delivery of the curling stone and sit up straight.
Gaudet, and her team of second Ina Forrest of Vernon, British Columbia, third Dennis Thiessen of Crystal City, Manitoba and skip Jim Armstrong of Victoria, British Columbia will be attempting to win Canada's third consecutive gold medal in wheelchair curling.
Canada's first game at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will be Friday evening at 10:30 p.m. mountain time against Great Britain.