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Wheelchair tennis player Norfolk to be Britain's flag bearer at Paralympics opening ceremony

(Xinhua)

10:26, August 28, 2012

LONDON, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Wheelchair tennis player Peter Norfolk has been named as the flag bearer of the British team at the opening ceremony of the London Paralympics on Wednesday.

The 51-year-old, bidding for his third quad singles title from as many Games, is excited to know he will be bearing the flag at the Olympic Stadium.

"I'm blown away to be selected as flagbearer. It was a huge surprise and a very great honor," he said.

"I can feel the excitement is really building as everyone is talking about the Games and getting behind the athletes wishing them luck. I'm very humbled to lead in the Paralympics GB team that I'm sure can make Great Britain very, very proud.

"This will be my first opening ceremony as my playing schedules have meant I missed the other two so this will be an especially magical moment for me."

Norfolk, who was selected following a vote from his fellow GB team-members, created history in Athens when he won Britain's first ever medal in the sport in the quad division. He retained the title four years later in Beijing.

Norfolk came to wheelchair tennis after a motorcycle accident in 1979 left him with a spinal cord injury.

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