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Kia Nurse chosen as Canada's flag-bearer for Pan Am closing ceremony

07/26/2015 12:09 EDT | Updated 07/26/2016 05:59 EDT
Kia Nurse has been chosen as Canada's flag-bearer for the closing ceremony of the Pan Am Games on Sunday night. 

The point guard led the women's basketball team to a gold medal — a first for Canada in international competition.

Nurse, a native of Hamilton, Ont., scored 33 points in Canada's 81-73 victory over the United States in the final.

The 19-year-old will be entering her sophomore season at the University of Connecticut where she helped the Huskies capture their third-straight NCAA championship in 2015.

The Canadian women went undefeated through the Pan Am Games tournament, recording wins over Venezuela, Argentina and Cuba, before knocking off Brazil in the semifinal before their gold-medal win.

They now head to Edmonton, where they open the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament on Aug. 9.

Boxer Mary Spencer carried Canada's flag into the closing four years ago in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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