Commonwealth Games: Alistair Brownlee, Jazz Carlin & Caroline O'Hanlon to carry countries' flags

Alistair Brownlee (right) and Sarah Winckless
Alistair Brownlee (right) with England chef de mission Sarah Winckless
2018 Commonwealth Games
Venue: Gold Coast, Australia Dates: 4-15 April
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English triathlete Alistair Brownlee, Welsh swimmer Jazz Carlin and Northern Ireland netballer Caroline O'Hanlon will carry their flags at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

Two-time Olympic champion Brownlee, 29, will lead the 390-strong England team at Wednesday's ceremony at the Carrara Stadium on Australia's Gold Coast.

Double Olympic medallist Carlin, 27, heads a Wales team of more than 200.

Scotland announced on Monday that Eilidh Doyle would carry their flag.

Northern Ireland netball captain O'Hanlon, who also plays for Armagh women's gaelic football team, said she was "humbled" to be her country's flagbearer.

There will be 275 gold-medal events at the Games, which run from 4 to 15 April.

'One of the iconic figures of English sport'

Brownlee won the triathlon in Glasgow four years ago and will defend his title the day after carrying his country's flag.

"It is a massive honour," he said.

"I can't imagine what it will feel like walking into the stadium with the cross of St George, alongside all the other Commonwealth nations. It is certainly going to be up there as one of the moments in my career that I will always remember."

Team England chef de mission Sarah Winckless said: "Alistair is one of the iconic figures of English sport.

"His achievements in triathlon are unrivalled. I am sure that this experience will match all that he has achieved in his career and this will be a real moment to savour for Alistair and his family."

'I'm honoured and so excited'

Jazz Carlin
Carlin won gold and silver in 2014 in Glasgow, and silver and bronze in Delhi in 2010

Carlin, who won two silver medals at the Rio Olympics in 2016, will be competing in three events on the Gold Coast - the 400m and 800m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay.

She first appeared at the Commonwealth Games in 2006.

"I always feel as though it's an honour to compete for Wales so this has definitely kick-started my experience here," she said.

"The older you get, the more you appreciate the experience of being at the Games. I have fond memories of Glasgow, which was an incredible event.

"I'm really excited and can't wait for it to start."

'It is very humbling'

Caroline O'Hanlon 'humbled and shocked' to be named NI flagbearer

O'Hanlon, who plays for Manchester Thunder in the Netball Superleague, helped Northern Ireland qualify for the 2019 World Cup earlier this year.

She said she was "shocked" but "very, very proud" to be carrying the flag.

"To have been asked is very humbling," the 33-year-old said. "Hopefully I will hold it together."


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