GB’s Paralympic flag bearer announced

Peter Norfolk has been chosen as the flag bearer for Great Britain at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony on August 29th.

It will be the third Paralympic Games for the wheelchair tennis player, who has never taken part in the opening event before due to scheduling problems but he is making an exception this year so that he can carry the Great Britain flag.

“It will be exciting,” said the 51-year old.

“London will never come around again in my lifetime and I’m looking forward to a new experience.”

Norfolk took up the sport of wheelchair tennis in 1989 following a motorbike accident in 1979, which left him paralysed from the chest down.

Although he is currently ranked third in the world in the tennis singles and has won the Australian Open at the start of the year, Norfolk admits that his season has not been particularly good.

However, he does hope to win his first medal in the wheelchair tennis doubles event, where he is partnered by 21-year-old Andy Lapthorne.

“It’s something I haven’t been able to achieve so far but I think we have a really good chance.”

“Andy is the youngster so he can do all the dashing around. We’re opposites but we work well together – he’s a lefthander and I’m right-handed.

“If we get a good draw and with the crowd behind us, who knows what could happen?”

Anyone staying in central London hotels can still purchase tickets for some of the events of the Paralympic Games including both the opening and closing ceremonies.

There are also special Olympic Park tickets available that allow people to visit the main venue and soak up the atmosphere or take a trip up the recently-built Orbit Tower to get a unique aerial view of London.

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