Etherington named as ParalympicsGB Flag-bearer in Recognition of Medal Success
on 16-03-2014 07:17
ParalympicsGB Alpine skiier Jade Etherington has been handed the honour of carrying the Union flag at the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games on Sunday March 16.
The honour reflects Etherington’s outstanding haul of four medals at Sochi 2014, which has seen her become GB’s most successful female winter Paralympian ever as well as secure the first Alpine Skiing medal for ParalympicsGB in 20 years.
Etherington withdrew from the final race earlier today after becoming unwell, therefore her participation in tonight's ceremony will be decided later today. If well enough, she will lead the ParalympicsGB team into the Fisht Stadium on Sunday night, while her guide Caroline Powell will follow closely behind her skiing partner.
“I feel tremendously privileged to be selected to carry our flag in front of an international crowd and specifically the GB audience back home.”
Speaking of the announcement, Etherington said:
"We've raised the flag four times this week already so this time it will be nice to carry it. Being visually impaired, I'll be able to see this one!
"As we missed the Opening Ceremony, we are really excited to both be getting to go to the Closing Ceremony. And for a change I'll be the one guiding Caroline around, as well as the whole team.”
The decision on the flag-bearer was made by a senior management team of ParalympicsGB staff members, headed by Chef de Mission Penny Briscoe.
Briscoe commented: “Amidst some fantastic and record breaking performances over the last week, on both snow and ice, this wasn't an easy decision to make. Jade (supported by Caroline) has delivered consistent medal winning performances in each of the races she has competed in making her Britain’s most celebrated Winter Paralympian. She is thoroughly deserving of the honour to be the Flag Bearer at the Closing Ceremony and I am delighted for her.”
Etherington and Powell won the following medals:
• Silver, women’s Downhill (Day One, Saturday March 8)
• Bronze, women’s Super G (Day Three, Monday March 10)
• Silver, women’s Slalom (Day Five, Wednesday March 12)
• Silver, women’s Super-Combined (Day Seven, Friday March 14)
A final decision on Ethrington's participation will be made by 16:00 local time.