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OTTAWA — Weightlifter Maude Charron and wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy have been named Canada's flag-bearers for the opening ceremony of the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
Charron, of Rimouski, Que., is the reigning Olympic and Commonwealth weightlifting champion. She totalled 236 kilograms for her snatch and clean and jerk to win gold in the 64-kilogram division at last summer's Tokyo Games.
In 2018, Charron set a Commonwealth record in the clean and jerk (122 kg) in winning gold at the Gold Coast Games in Australia.
Cassidy, of Port Elgin, Ont., is one of Canada’s most successful international wheelchair racers.
A three-time Paralympian, Cassidy has won the Los Angeles and Boston marathons and is a three-time Commonwealth Games athlete, having won a bronze medal at the 2010 Games.
The Commonwealth Games run from July 28 to Aug. 8.
Canada is sending 276 athletes to compete in 18 sports and five para sports.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 21, 2022.
The Canadian Press