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Greg Smith named as Australia’s 2012 Paralympic Games flag-bearer

Greg Smith holds the Australian flag as the national anthem is sung by Men Only Aloud and the Australian flag is raised above Cardiff Castle at the naming of the 2012 Australian Paralympic Team flagbearer. Image: Australian Paralympic Committee/Tony Naar.

Earlier today, at a ceremony in Wales‘ Cardiff Castle, the Australian Paralympic Committeeannounced the selection of wheelchair rugby player Greg Smith as Australian flag-bearer during the opening of the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Over 260 members of Australia’s 305-strong Paralympic team attended the announcement of Smith as flag-bearer.

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Multiple gold, silver and bronze medallist, Smith has represented Australia in multiple Paralympic Games in two different sports: 1992, 1996 and 2000 saw him compete in athletics; 2004 and 2008 were the games where he switched to wheelchair rugby. The Australian Paralympic Committee quoted Smith saying of this honor, “I remember in Barcelona in 1992 at my first Games when the flag bearer was announced. I just thought “Wow, that’s something very special”. I could have never imagined that being me one day. I just remember that feeling of how proud you’d be if you were given such an honour.”

Smith joins a list of previous Australian flag bearers including Brendan Burkett in 2000, Louise Sauvage in 2004 and Russell Short in 2008.

Australians can watch the Opening Ceremonies live on the ABC on August 30 at 5:20am Sydney time.

Office portrait of Greg Smith
Image: Australian Paralympic Committee/Australian Sports Commission.

Members of the 2012 Australian Paralympic team in Cardiff Castle at the naming of the 2012 Australian Paralympic Team flagbearer
Image: Australian Paralympic Committee/Tony Naar.

Members of the 2012 Australian Paralympic Team are cheered as they enter Cardiff Castle for the naming of the 2012 Australian Paralympic Team flagbearer
Image: Australian Paralympic Committee/Tony Naar.


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Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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