University of Bath-based swimmer Mark Foster has been asked to beflag-bearer for Great Britain at the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The news means that he is the second Team Bath athlete at consecutive Games to carry the honour, after Sydney 2000 silver medallist and judo player Kate Howey was bearer at Athens 2004.
Foster, who also had the privilege of bearing the flag for England at the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games, said: “I was blown away when I was told, it was a big surprise and a huge honour. It’s fantastic.”
Some of the most wonderful names in British sport have been Olympic flag bearers.
Speaking on behalf of Mark’s achievement, Team Bath’s Director of Sport Ged Roddy said “I would like to congratulate Mark on behalf of all the athletes, coaches and staff at TeamBath. We are delighted at Mark receiving this honour. The fact that the position is voted for by all the athletes and team leaders from Team GB across all sports is a measure of the stature of this achievement.”
Foster competed at Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 and will be swimming in the 50m freestyle at Beijing 2008.
He reached the finals of the 50m freestyle at Barcelona and Sydney and has set five world, seven European, nine Commonwealth and 19 British records during a glittering career.
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