According to the Canadian Press on Thursday, Canadian shooting star Susan Nattrass of Medicine Hat, Alberta will carry the flag for Canada in the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, from July 23 to August 3, 2014. Since 2002, Nattrass has won eight medals for Canada in women's shooting at the Commonwealth Games.
At the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, Nattrass won the bronze medal in the individual clay pigeon trap and the clay pigeon trap pair event with Cynthia Meyer of Bowen Island, British Colombia. Nattrass and Meyer also won the silver medal in the double trap pair shooting event. Nattrass also won a bronze medal (her fourth at the 2002 Commonwealth Games) in the women's pair skeet competition with Linda Conley of Stittsville, Ontario.
At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, Nattrass won two silver medals and one bronze medal. Her silver medals came in the clay pigeon trap pair and double trap pair competitions with Meyer and her bronze medal came in the clay pigeon trap individual competition.
At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, Nattrass teamed with Meyer for a fifth time to win a bronze medal in the women's trap pair shooting competition. Before women had their individual shooting events at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Nattrass competed against men.
Other career highlights for Nattrass, who is currently 63 years old, include being the very first Canadian woman to compete at the Olympic Games. At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Nattrass finished 25th in trap shooting. Nattrass was also very influential in persuading the International Olympic Committee to include women's trap and skeet shooting at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Nattrass is also a two-time winner of the World Trap Shooting Championships. She won the world championships in 1981 in Tucuman, Argentina and then again in 2006 in Zagreb, Croatia. When Nattrass won the gold medal in 1981, she was named the Lou Marsh Award winner as the Canadian Athlete of the Year.