Angela Willis named flag bearer of Costa Rica
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, February 25, 2013 – Veteran volleyball
player Angela Willis has been named the flag bearer of Costa
Rica during the opening parade of the Central American Games to
be held in San José from March 3-17.
The announcement was made by H. E. Laura Chinchilla, President
of Costa Rica, during a ceremony at the gardens of the Costa
Rican Olympic Committee premises in San Jose on Sunday.
“What an emotion,” Chinchilla said before reading the document
of the Olympic Committee and presenting Willis with a national
flag to lead the delegation of the host country.
Willis, 36, said she was caught by surprise and was pleased by
the unexpected news.
“It is a great honour to represent all the athletes of Costa
Rica by carrying the flag,” Willis said. “I want to thank the
Olympic Committee, our president Laura Chinchilla, my coaches,
teammates and friends who have been there for me during my
“I think that’s the dream every athlete would love realize, to
enter the national stadium full of people,” Willis added. “I
thank the Lord for giving me this unique opportunity.”
Costa Rica are the current champions of women’s volleyball in
Central America and the pre-tournament favourites to win the
Henry Nuñez, president of the National Olympic Committee, said
Willis was selected for her long sport career representing the
“Angela is an iconic figure of our women’s volleyball,” Núñez
said. “She has been a leader of our team and is considered an
integral athlete who also has developed professionally which is
very important for us.”
The ceremony was also attended by William Corrales, Minister of
Sport and President of the Organizing Committee, and Johnny
Araya, Mayor of San Jose.