Team Canada rocks the tartan in Commonwealth Games opening ceremonies

Edmonton's Susan Nattrass sports a kilt featuring the maple leaf tartan — followed by her...

Edmonton's Susan Nattrass sports a kilt featuring the maple leaf tartan — followed by her teammates sporting matching pants — as she carries the Canadian flag during the opening ceremonies of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (Reuters)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:10 PM ET

You can’t title it ‘Forever Plaid’. But for the next 11 days …

When 63-year-old flag bearer Susan Nattrass of Edmonton led Canada’s largest team to perform at an off-shore Games in history — 265 athletes including 134 of them in their first Commonwealth Games — into Celtic Park, the clad in plaid Canadians had a night to remember.

“It was mind-boggling. It was great. It was a fabulous experience. It was so much fun,” said Nattrass, who wore a tartan kilt matching the pants the rest of the team paraded in, to get the ultimate reaction.

“That was the whole purpose. I think we wanted to create an impression and get their support. We certainly did that. I’ve never experienced anything so exciting. It was so wonderful,” said the seven-time world trapshooting champion and eight-time Commonwealth Games medalist on the bus for a two-hour trip to Dundee near the shooting venue.


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