03/07/2014 09:38 EST | Updated 05/07/2014 05:59 EDT

Paralympics opening ceremony set to begin

The stage is set for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, which will get underway shortly in Sochi, Russia.

More than 580 athletes from 44 countries will compete in these 11th Winter Games, including 54 from Canada.

Canada will enter the stadium 19th during the parade of nations. Though in English its name falls towards the beginning of the alphabet, its Russian translation — Канада — places it closer to the middle.

Wheelchair curler and three-time Paralympian Sonja Gaudet will carry Canada's flag.

The ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. Sochi time, or 11 a.m. ET, and will be streamed live here and on