Team NS announces 2023 Canada Winter Games flag bearers


February 9, 2023 (Halifax NS) – Ringette player Lauren Arnold and squash athlete Emmett Workman will have the honour of carrying the Nova Scotian flag for the PEI 2023 Canada Winter Games opening ceremonies.

The nominees were submitted by Team Nova Scotia coaches and managers and the winners were chosen by a committee of mission staff who evaluated the candidates based on athletic and academic accomplishments, community work and character.

Lauren is an 18-year-old Windsor Junction native. She is in her eleventh year of ringette and most recently represented Nova Scotia at the 2022 Ringette Nationals in Calgary, Alberta. Lauren is a talented multisport athlete who has also competed in softball for the past eight years. This is her second Canada Games, having had the opportunity to wear the Team Nova Scotia blue and white on the softball pitch at last year’s Canada Summer Games in Niagara, ON. Alongside juggling her two sports, Lauren is in her first year of a Bachelor of Science at Dalhousie University.

Emmett, a 17-year-old Haligonian, represented Nova Scotia at the previous iteration of the Canada Winter Games in 2019, hosted by Red Deer, AB. In 2021, he won the Saint Mary’s University Squash Open in both the Men’s Three and Junior divisions. Emmett went on to compete at the 2022 Canadian Junior Squash Open. A multi-skilled athlete, Emmett has also played soccer for Team Nova Scotia. In addition to his athletic feats, Emmett is an accomplished student. He is on the Principal’s List for his academics at Citadel High School.

“Having the unique opportunity to lead Team Nova Scotia, with flag waving high and proud, into the opening ceremonies in Charlottetown will hopefully be one of those extremely special moments that both Lauren and Emmett will remember for a lifetime.”
-Lori Lancaster, Chef de Mission, Team Nova Scotia.

“I’m proud that I get to help lead Team Nova Scotia into the opening ceremonies. I’m excited to compete at these games for myself, my teammates, and my sport. I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent Nova Scotia playing ringette with an amazing group of teammates and coaches by my side.”
– Lauren Arnold, Team NS athlete and flag bearer

“I’m really proud and honoured to have been picked as one of the flag bearers. It means so much to me and the squash team. I’m looking forward to playing some of the top juniors. I’m also really excited to watch and support my teammates. They’ve been training really hard, and I can’t wait to see them show their talent.”
-Emmett Workman, Team NS athlete and flag bearer

Quick Facts

  • The flag-bearers were announced at the Team Nova Scotia pep rally in Halifax on January 28 at Grand Parade in Halifax.
  • Team Nova Scotia 2023 is comprised of over 325 athletes, coaches, managers, and mission staff.
  • Team Nova Scotia athletes will compete in 20 sports.
  • Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multisport event.
  • Team Nova Scotia updates will be available on the Team Nova Scotia website.


Sarah MacNeil

Communications Advisor,

2023 Canada Winter Games