Wheelchair rugby player and four-time Paralympian Greg Smith will carry the Australian flag into the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony on August 29.
The honour of flag bearer was bestowed on the 45-year-old from Buninyong in Victoria today, during a special ceremony for the Australian Paralympic Team at Cardiff Castle in Wales.
With more than 260 members of the 305-strong Australian Paralympic Team watching on, Smith received the flag from Chef de Mission Jason Hellwig, and waved it proudly.
In eight days time, he will perform the same duty in front of 80,000 people as he leads the Australian Team into London’s Paralympic stadium – a moment he admits will be the proudest of his distinguished career.
“I’m thrilled, absolutely thrilled. I’m so proud to be an Australian Paralympian and to be given the honour of leading this team into the Opening Ceremony is definitely one of the highlights. I will never forget this moment,” Smith said.
“It is hard to believe I have been recognised in this way because of the quality of people who could have been given this role.
It’s going to be great to have a Worldly experienced Greg Smith on the team and a newbie Greg Smith ‘me’ holding a camera documenting the moment he rolls into the stadium. I can’t think of a better moment…
There are now only 6 days to go until we meet in the stadium under the London sky in front of the 80,000 strong crowd.