27 Jul 2012

Nick Willis to carry New Zealand's flag at opening ceremony

7:14 am on 27 July 2012

The middle distance runner Nick Willis has been chosen to carry the New Zealand flag at tomorrow morning's Olympic opening ceremony in London.

Willis, who won a silver medal in the 15 hundred metres in Beijing, was presented with the New Zealand Olympic Team's cloak at a ceremony in the Olympic Village in London.

He then went on to be honoured at a black tie gala dinner hosted by the Governor General of New Zealand, Lieutenant General, the Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Chef de Mission Dave Currie says Willis was chosen for the honour as his achievements reflect the best in New Zealand's sporting traditions.

Willis says it's an amazing honour, his heroes Peter Snell and John Walker each carried the flag, so to walk where they, and many other New Zealand legends have, is more than he could have ever dreamed of.

The flag bearer is chosen by the Chef de Mission in conjunction with members of the Athlete Support Team.

he selection of the flag bearer takes into account a combination of past success as an Olympic athlete as well as an ability to lead, inspire and support the athletes within the team.