Mark KNOWLES will be Australia’s flagbearer for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony at Carrara Stadium on Wednesday 4 April.
KNOWLES, who will compete in the men’s hockey tournament at GC2018, was announced as flagbearer by Australian team chef de mission Steve Moneghetti and Australia’s Governor General Sir Peter COSGROVE at The Star Gold Coast on Monday (2 April).
This will be KNOWLES’s fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games, having made his debut in the event at the Melbourne 2006 Games. He has won three successive gold medals, and has announced that he will finish his international playing career at the end of GC2018.
“It means everything, so thank you,” KNOWLES said, in front of a delegation of athletes from the Australian team. “I will gladly carry this flag in front of you all, and for the duration of the Games.
“It’s an extremely proud moment. I thank the people who are involved with the Commonwealth Games – it’s such a special event for us athletes. I love that I can play a part in leading this group.”
Reciting the oath on behalf of the athletes will be lawn bowler Karen MURPHY, a multiple Commonwealth Games medallist, who will be competing at her fifth Games.
The coaches’ oath will be read by Australia’s netball coach Lisa ALEXANDER.