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Humana-Paredes, Wilkerson named Canada’s flag-bearers for Pan Am opening ceremonies

By The Canadian Press on October 20, 2023.

Melissa Humana-Paredes of Canada, rear, and Brandie Wilkerson of Canada, front, in action during their beach volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 quarterfinal match against Sara Hughes of United States, and Kelly Cheng of United States in Gstaad, Switzerland, Saturday, July 8, 2023. The beach volleyball team of Humana-Paredes and Wilkerson have been named Canada’s flag-bearers for the Pan American Games opening ceremonies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Anthony Anex/Keystone via AP

SANTIAGO, Chile – The beach volleyball team of Melissa Humana-Paredes and Brandie Wilkerson have been named Canada’s flag-bearers for the Pan American Games opening ceremonies.

The Toronto athletes will usher Canada’s team into the stadium tonight in Santiago, Chile.

Humana-Paredes, whose parents were born in Chile, and Wilkerson became a duo earlier this year. They’re ranked fifth in the world.

Both competed in Tokyo’s Summer Olympics two years ago and reached the quarterfinals with different teammates.

Wilkerson will make her Pan Am debut in Santiago. Humana-Paredes competed in the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto with Taylor Pischke and finished fourth.

Men’s field hockey captain Scott Tupper was Canada’s flag-bearer at the 2019 Pan Am Games opening ceremonies in Lima, Peru.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 20, 2023.

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