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Pick picked as ParalympicsGB flagbearer

Pick picked as ParalympicsGB flagbearer
Para Snowboard

The 2018 Paralympic Games just got extra special for Owen Pick.

Not only is the para snowboarder making his debut at the Games, he will also lead the 17-strong ParalympicsGB team into Friday's opening ceremony as flag bearer.

The 26-year-old former soldier has been selected by Chef de Mission Penny Briscoe OBE.

Pick, who served in Afghanistan with the 1st Royal Anglian Regiment (Vikings) of the British Army, said: “I’m super happy to be nominated as flagbearer for ParalympicsGB and really proud.

"I once fought for my country under this flag and now I get to represent my country under the same flag."

Pick and team-mates James Barnes-Miller and Ben Moore will become the first British athletes in history to compete in Para snowboard at the Games.

"I can’t wait to get out there and race," Pick added, ahead of his foray into snowboarding action on March 16.

“Being one of the first ever Paralympic snowboarders for GB is a huge deal for me because it’s so important to see the sport I love represented at one of the biggest sporting events in the world."

Penny Briscoe said: “As Chef it’s always a special moment to tell someone that they’ve been chosen to be our flagbearer and I know that Owen understands what an honour it is to represent the team and his country in this way.

“To have someone from the new sport on the programme who has shown real commitment and progression through this cycle makes him the perfect choice and I hope that he enjoys the moment.”