19 Oct 2018

Connor Bell named flagbearer for Youth Olympics closing ceremony

10:05 am on 19 October 2018

Gold medal discus thrower Connor Bell has been named New Zealand team flagbearer for the closing ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

The Auckland 17-year-old was a dominant performer at the Games breaking a Youth Olympic Games record and consistently throwing almost 10m further than any of his nearest rivals.

Connor Bell

Connor Bell Photo: Getty Images

"I'm extremely proud to be chosen as the flagbearer, I'm a little bit nervous as well but carrying our flag across the stage is going to be an awesome way to close out the Games."

"The competition was great but the whole experience and this environment has been really valuable to me and has really helped my development as an athlete.

New Zealand Team Chef de Mission Barbara Kendall says Bell was a team player on and off the field of play.

"Connor performed extremely well in competition but he's also one of the most outgoing and lovely people in the New Zealand team.

Across the 12 days of competition at Buenos Aires 2018 Games the New Zealand team won six medals, three gold and three silver.

New Zealand athletes recorded five fourth placings and broke nine New Zealand age group records and one Youth Olympic Games record.