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Meet the Opening Ceremony flagbearers

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4 Apr 2018 by Damien Haffenden

Leading your country into the arena of an international sporting event is one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed upon an athlete.

To lead their team into Carrara Stadium for the Opening Ceremony Parade Of Nations, a flagbearer has been selected by each Commonwealth Games Association. Each flagbearer has been selected because of their extraordinary achievements. 

At GC2018, 39 flagbearers are male, 32 are female and Athletics is the most-represented sport, with 24 flagbearers competing in Athletics. 

Get to know some of the GC2018 flagbearers. 

Mark Knowles (Hockey, Australia)

Knowles has been part of the Australian Kookaburras for more than 10 years. He announced his intention to retire following the Commonwealth Games, making his appointment as flagbearer a fitting conclusion to his representative career.

George Achilleos (Shooting, Cyprus)

With over 20 years as a shooter, Achilleos is a multiple Gold medal winner. He is currently the only Cypriot athlete to set a world record in an Olympic sport and was even named the sport’s most decorated active athlete in 2016. As Cyprus’ most successful athlete appearing at the Games, it’s little wonder he’s been given the honour of flagbearer for the Opening Ceremony. 

PV Sindhu (Badminton, India)

Ranked third in the world for women’s singles badminton, Sindhu was the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal. Her achievements have seen her named in the Forbes ’30 Under 30’ list for Asia in 2018, and she’ll lead the Indian team into Carrara Stadium.

 

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Dan Halksworth (Cycling, Jersey)

Lying between the shores of England and France is the tiny island nation of Jersey. It’s home to roughly 100,000 people, including one its most decorated athletes Dan Halksworth, the island's first Commonwealth Youth Games Gold medallist. He will be the first person ever to have competed in three different sports at three different Commonwealth Games, having previously competed as a swimmer in 2006 in Melbourne and a triathlete at the Glasgow Games in 2014.

 

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Patricia Taea (Athletics, Cook Islands)

This will be the ninth Commonwealth Games appearance for the Cook Islands, however they are yet to win a medal. Taea, a 100m/200m sprinter, will be hoping to lead her team to some medals as well as in the Parade of Nations. It will be her third Games.

Patricia Taea

Gary Giordimaina (Wrestling, Malta)

At just 20, Giordimaina already has eight years of wrestling experience under his belt. He also has an impressive array of medals and titles to match. The youngster will lead a contingent of 25 athletes competing across eight sports at the Commonwealth Games.

Meaghan Benfeito (Diving, CAN) 

Benfeito started diving when she was just seven years old. She won gold in the women's 10m platform and synchronized 10m platform in Glasgow. 

Ben Dillon (Swimming, St Helena)

Sitting in the South Atlantic Ocean between Africa and South America, St Helena is considered to be one of the most remote places in the world. Swimmer Ben Dillon previously represented St Helena at the 2008 Youth Commonwealth Games in India and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014.

Meagan Best (Squash, Barbados)

Having only started her squash career seven years ago, 15-year-old Meagan is quickly smashing records both in her home nation of Barbados, and around the world. She’s the youngest player to win senior national and senior regional squash titles, and recently became the only squash player from a Caribbean nation to win a US Junior Open Squash Championship. In addition to these accolades, she’s the reigning Caribbean champion. 

The full list of flagbearers as they will appear in the Opening Ceremony:

ScotlandEilidh Doyle (Athletics)
CyprusGeorge Achilleos (Shooting)
EnglandAlistair Brownlee (Triathlon)
GibraltarJonathan Patron (Shooting)
GuernseyMatthew Guille (Shooting)
Isle of ManJake Kelly (Cycling Road)
JerseyDan Halksworth (Cycling Road)
MaltaGary Giordimaina (Wrestling)
Northern IrelandCaroline O'Hanlon (Netball)
WalesJazz Carlin (Swimming)
BotswanaNijel Amos (Athletics)
CameroonEssiane Clotilde (Boxing)
GhanaAbdul Wahid Omar (Boxing)
Kenya Elijah Manangoi (Athletics)
LesothoPhetetso Monese (Cycling Mountain Bike)
MalawiJoyce Moula (Netball)
Mauritius Rhikesh Taucoory (Table Tennis)
MozambiqueGenito Guezane  (Athletics)
NamibiaAnanias Shikongo  (Athletics)
Nigeria Blessing Okagbare  (Athletics)
Rwanda Nyirarukundo Salome (Athletics)
SeychellesDylan Silobo (Athletics)
Sierra Leone Hafsatu Kamara (Athletics)
South AfricaCaster Semenya (Athletics)
Swaziland Thabiso Dlamini (Boxing)
The Gambia Ola Buwaro (Athletics)
UgandaPeace Prosconia (Netball)
United Republic of TanzaniaMasoud Issa Mtalaso (Table Tennis)
ZambiaKelvin Ndhlovu (Squash)
BelizeAlicia Thompson (Cycling Road)
BermudaTyler Smith (Triathlon)
CanadaMeaghan Benfeito (Diving)
Falkland IslandsGraham Didlick (Shooting)
GuyanaTroy Doris (Athletics)
St Helena  Ben Dillon (Swimming)
The BahamasJoanna Evans (Swimming)
BangladeshAbdullah Hel Baki (Shooting)
Brunei DarussalamHajah Amalia Haji Matali (Lawn Bowls)
India  Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (Badminton)
MalaysiaMuhammad Hakimi Ismail (Athletics)
PakistanUsman Amjad Rathor (Wrestling)
SingaporeShun Xie Teo (Shooting)
Sri LankaChinthana Geetal Vidanage (Weightlifting)
AnguillaMauriel Carty (Athletics)
Antigua and BarbudaPriscilla Frederik (Athletics)
Barbados Meagan Best (Squash)
British Virgin Islands Kyron McMaster  (Athletics)
Cayman IslandsCarl Ernkst Morgan (Athletics)
Dominica Mitchel Davis (Athletics)
Grenada Kurt Felix (Athletics)
Jamaica Alia Atkinson (Swimming)
Montserrat Julius Morris (Athletics)
Saint Lucia Levern Spence (Athletics)
St Kitts and NevisSt. Clair Hodge (Beach Volleyball)
St Vincent and the Grenadines Kineke Alexander (Athletics)
Trinidad and TobagoMichelle Lee Ahye (Athletics)
Turks and Caicos IslandsLatoya Rigby (Shooting)
Cook IslandsPatricia Taea  (Athletics)
FijiApolonia Vaivai  (Weightlifting)
KiribatiDavid Katoatau  (Weightlifting)
NauruItte Detenamo (Weightlifting)
New ZealandSophie Pascoe (Swimming)
NiuePauline Rex Blumsky (Lawn Bowls)
Norfolk IslandHadyn "Teddy" Evans (Lawn Bowls)
Papua New GuineaVero Nime (Table Tennis)
SamoaLauititi Lui  (Weightlifting)
Solomon IslandsJenly Tegu Wini  (Weightlifting)
TongaMagan Maka  (Boxing)
TuvaluManuila Raobu (Weightlifting)
VanuatuMiller Pata (Beach Volleyball)
AustraliaMark Knowles (Hockey)