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Men’s wheelchair basketball player Brad Ness named Australian flag bearer

Flag of Australia. Flag of Australia.

Yesterday, the captain of the Australian men’s national wheelchair basketball team Brad Ness was named as the country’s flag bearer for the Opening Games after having been chosen for the honor by his fellow Australian Paralympians.


When Ness rolls onto the court in Rio, it will be for the fifth time after making his début at home at the Sydney hosted Games in 2000.  His team goes into competition as defending Paralympic silver medalists.

Ness was quoted in an Australian Paralympic Committee press release as saying of the honor, “Carrying the flag at the Opening Ceremony is going to make me feel 10 feet tall and bullet-proof.”

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 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. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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