Owen Pick given Paralympics GB flag-carrying duties at PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games
PUBLISHED: 12:25 08 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:25 08 March 2018
Paul Sanwell OPP
Red Lodge snowboarder awarded GB honours
Owen Pick has been given the honour of carrying the flag for Paralympics GB at the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games tomorrow (March 9).
The 26-year-old Red Lodge-based athlete will be taking part in his first Games, and along with team-mates James Barnes-Miller and Ben Moore will become the first British athletes in history to compete in para-snowboard at the Paralympic Games.
Pick, who served in Afghanistan with 1st Royal Anglian Regiment (Vikings) of the British Army, was chosen to receive the honour by the Chef de Mission.
“I’m super happy to be nominated as flagbearer for ParalympicsGB and really proud,” said Pick, who is a lower leg amputee.
“I once fought for my country under this flag and now I get to represent my country under the same flag.
“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. I can’t wait to get out there and race.”
Penny Briscoe OBE, Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB, said: “As Chef de Mission, 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.”
Professor Nick Webborn, president of the ParalympicsGB delegation, said: “Our athletes have been working incredibly hard over the last few years to reach this point and it’s so exciting that the Games are nearly here.
“I know that Owen will represent the team with pride on Friday and will have the full support of the rest of the delegation, our partners and fans back at home. I’m sure it will be an experience he will treasure.”
The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games take place from March 9-18.