The 2016 Rio Olympics Australian flagbearer has this morning been announced.
At a special ceremony in Melbourne’s Federation Square, Chef de mission Kitty Chiller revealed that Australian cycling champ Anna Meares will carry the flag as well as captain the Australian Olympic team.
“The athlete I have selected is the epitome of what our team represents – respect, humility and excellence,” Chiller said.
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“This athlete is a role model to many across all sports and in the community.
“The athlete I have selected is already an inspiration to all of Australia and I know will take on this role with the commitment and passion that has been the hallmark of their career to date.”
— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) July 5, 2016
The 32-year Olympic Gold medalist said she was humbled at being given the houour to carry the national flag.
“I did have an idea and even though I had some time to prepare it’s a bit of a shock,’’ Meares said.
“I am incredibly proud and humbled, I would like to thank Kitty for this opportunity.
“To Australia, I am humbled and want you to know how proud I am.
“For me, a country girl, a coalminers daughter, to become the second cyclist in history to be the flag bearer makes me very emotional and proud.
“I dreamt of being an Olympian, of being an Olympic champion, but never contemplated being a flag bearer.
“Of all the things I have done, carrying the flag for Australia is the greatest honour.”
Rio will be Meares fourth Olympic Games.