NIAGARA (GNB) – Fredericton’s Vivian Kutnowski and Durham Bridge’s Jesse Canney will be Team New Brunswick’s flag-bearers for the opening ceremony of the 2022 Canada Summer Games in Niagara on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. EDT (9 p.m. ADT).

Team New Brunswick chef de mission Nicole Smith made the announcement to athletes, coaches and managers during the Team New Brunswick pep rally today.

Kutnowski, 19, a member of Fredericton’s Black Bears Wrestling Club, recently placed second in the Canadian Wrestling Trials and fourth at the 2022 Pan American Wrestling championships. Canney, 26, a para male swim athlete and member of the Fredericton Aquanauts Swim Team, is a three-time medallist at the Canada Games as well as four-time medallist at the Special Olympic World Games.

Both Kutnowski and Canney will lead the New Brunswick delegation into the Meridian Centre, the site of the opening ceremony.

The 2022 Canada Summer Games were initially scheduled to take place in August 2021 but were postponed due to the pandemic. The Games, which usually alternate every two years between summer and winter games, are one of the largest multi-sport events held in the country. They feature 18 sports over a 16-day period involving more than 5,000 athletes, coaches and managers.

Sports on the competition calendar for New Brunswick include: athletics, baseball, beach volleyball, box lacrosse, canoe kayak, cycling, golf, mountain bike, rowing, rugby sevens, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, and wrestling.

A new streaming platform will broadcast more than 1,000 hours of live coverage of the Games. Select competitions and events will have commentary in English and French. Viewers of the platform will also be able to access plenty of on-demand content including archived events, features, highlights and a daily highlight show.

The full 2022 Canada Games competition schedule is also available online.

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