“It is a huge honour for me, my family and all my supporters. To be chosen by my fellow athletes makes it all the more special as there is a phenomenal amount of talent and experience in this Irish Team.”
Cathal Miller has been selected as the flag bearer for Ireland’s Paralympic team at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on 29 August.
Miller was selected by a ballot of Irish Paralympic team athletes and will follow in the footsteps of ix-time Paralympian Patrice Docker who led out the Irish team in Beijing four years ago.
The 43-year-old from Artane in Dublin is participating in his second Paralympic Games, having competed in Beijing in 2008.
In London, in the C5 class, Miller will compete in the on the track in the 1km time trial and 4km individual pursuit, and on the road he will compete in the time trial and road race.
In 2011, Miller secured bronze in the Sydney leg of the UCI Road World Cup and finished fourth in the 2010 World Championships.
“I am absolutely delighted to be leading the Irish Paralympic Team out at the London Games,” Miller told Paralympics Ireland. “It is a huge honour for me, my family and all my supporters. To be chosen by my fellow athletes makes it all the more special as there is a phenomenal amount of talent and experience in this Irish Team.”
Miller will line up with several other talented Irish cyclists at the Paralympics, including Enda Smyth and Colin Lynch, and tickets to see them are still available at www.tickets.london2012.com.
“I am delighted for Cathal on his selection as the official flag bearer for the Irish Team,” said Paralympics Ireland CEO and Chef de Mission Liam Harbison.
“It’ll be a huge honour to lead the Irish Team into the Opening Ceremony on August 29th in front of a packed house and following in the footsteps of Katie Taylor at the Olympics. On behalf of the entire team and the whole Irish Paralympic Movement I offer my heartiest congratulations to Cathal.”