What a fantastic summer of sport we’ve enjoyed with the Olympics and Paralympics coverage on television. And the competitiveness continued right up to the last minute with the Paralympics closing ceremony on Sunday.
The normal protocol is to select a single individual to carry the British flag for the closing ceremony, and David Weir was originally tipped to have that honour. But the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) decided to grant special permission for two flag bearers to be chosen this year, because both David Weir and Sarah Storey won four gold medals apiece during the Games, which made them equal in their achievements.
Chef de Mission, Craig Hunter, said of the decision: “During the London 2012 Paralympic Games, ParalympicsGB has witnessed some outstanding performances, most notably from Sarah Storey and David Weir. I’m thrilled and delighted that the IPC has recognised that, and agreed to our request to allow joint flagbearers at the closing ceremony.”
Wheelchair racer Weir powered his way to victory in the 5000m, 1500m and 800m, as well as gold in the T54 marathon on Sunday, while velodrome hero Storey sprinted to the finishing line in the individual pursuit and 500m time trials, then added the Brands Hatch time trial and C5 road race to her medal haul. David Weir admitted: “It was a great honour to come out to the closing ceremony carrying that flag. I’m a proud Brit, and Sarah is as well. She has done fantastically well too.”
So now we can stop holding our collective breath until this time in 2016, when all that flag waving will start once again.