Ten-time Paralympic champion Lee Pearson has spoken of his pride after being named as Great Britain’s flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the games in Rio on Wednesday.
The 42-year-old equestrian rider won three golds at the Sydney, Athens and Beijing games before picking up his tenth gold medal – as well as a silver and a bronze – in London four years ago.
Peason was given the honour of carrying the flag out at the Maracana after being chosen from a vote of the 264 Paralympic Team GB athletes competing in Rio over the next 11 days.
The Staffordshire-born rider was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenital, meaning his limbs were twisted and have very little muscle.
“I am so proud and honoured to be the flag bearer for such a talented, strong and passionate group of British athletes,” Pearson said.
“Being a diverse character myself has meant that being voted by the athletes themselves made this moment even more special.
“I genuinely feel that we are among the best prepared and supported athletes at the Paralympic Games and I can’t wait to lead my fellow teammates from ParalympicsGB into the stadium in a day’s time – I hope I don’t get blown away.”
Paralympic Team GB chef de mission Penny Briscoe added: “Lee has been a cornerstone of our equestrian team since he first made his debut in Sydney and has played a key role in establishing Great Britain as the leading Paralympic nation in the sport.”
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