History will be made when Australia’s Tokyo Olympics team walks out for the opening ceremony, with Patty Mills to become the first Indigenous flag bearer.
The NBA star and four-time Olympian will carry the flag alongside swimming champion Cate Campbell.
Mills is currently in a pre-Olympics camp in Las Vegas before flying to Tokyo with the Australian team.
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“This is really special,” Mills said.
“I’m just really thankful for all of the support up until this moment.
“It’s something that I won’t be able to put into words, what I’m feeling right now.”
For my people. pic.twitter.com/IyKF3gHNwT
— Patrick Mills (@Patty_Mills) July 7, 2021
Cate Campbell will be the other flag bearer, as the first swimmer since the Moscow Games to do so.
She says it’s an honour and a career highlight.
“It’s right up there amongst one of the greatest things that have happened to me,” Campbell said in Cairns.
“It’s one thing to represent your country in a sport that you love and another thing to represent your Olympians.”
— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) July 7, 2021