CHARLOTTETOWN (GNB) – Campbellton’s Courtney Charlong and Fredericton’s Austin MacLellan will be Team New Brunswick’s flag-bearers for the opening ceremony of the 2023 Canada Winter Games in Charlottetown, PEI, on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Team New Brunswick chef de mission Nicole Smith made the announcement today as athletes, coaches and managers travelled to Charlottetown.

“Being so close to Prince Edward Island, these Canada Games are going to be extra special for our athletes, parents and friends,” said Smith. “Our proximity also allows New Brunswick to assist these games by hosting alpine and freestyle skiing and snowboard events at Central Hainesville’s Crabbe Mountain.”

Charlong, 16, a member of the speed skating squad, recently set two new provincial records and won the Junior Short Track Canada Cup held in Richmond, B.C. last year. MacLellan, 21, a member of the wheelchair basketball team, participated in the Junior Worlds in Thailand last September and was invited to a Wheelchair Rugby National Team training camp in December 2022 and March 2023. MacLellan was a member of Team New Brunswick’s 2019 Canada Games wheelchair basketball team which placed fourth.

Both Charlong and MacLellan will lead the New Brunswick delegation into Charlottetown’s Eastlink Centre, site of the opening ceremony.

Team New Brunswick will conduct practice sessions Saturday before competition begins on Sunday, Feb. 19.