Hall flagbearer for Paralympics
Winter Paralympic gold medallist Adam Hall will be the New Zealand flagbearer at the opening of the Sochi Paralympic Games tomorrow morning.
A three-time Paralympian (Turino 1996, Vancouver 2010 and now Sochi), Hall will be seeking to win a second gold medal after his dramatic slalom performance in Vancouver.
Since the Vancouver Paralympics, Hall has consistently achieved World Cup podium results.
He posted four World Cup wins in 2012, and in 2013 had two World Cup wins and one World Cup bronze medal.
In this year's northern hemisphere season he has achieved seven podium spots at Noram competitions.
Hall was excited about the opportunity to lead the three-man New Zealand team, which includes snowboarder Carl Murphy and skier Corey Peters, into the opening ceremony from 5am tomorrow.
"It is obviously a great honour to be selected to represent our country at the Paralympic Winter Games and I have been fortunate to attend two previous games," Hall said.
"You dream of being the flagbearer and maybe, if you are lucky, this happens once in your career as an athlete.
"This will be the second time I will carry the flag for New Zealand and the team here in Sochi, and I am humbled and excited about doing it.
"Keep an eye out for a very active flag during the march."
Led by Hall, the New Zealand Paralympic Winter team will be dressed in the traditional black and white.
As a tribute to the Russian people, and somewhat unusually among teams in Sochi, the New Zealand team's uniform will also feature the words New Zealand written in the Cyrillic alphabet.
Chef de mission Ashley Light said the athletes were looking forward to the opening ceremony.
"We're delighted all of the athletes in Sochi can march.
"They'll be proud to march behind our flag and share in the experience of what is expected to be a magnificent opening ceremony."
The Sochi Paralympics run from tomorrow until March 17.
- The Southland Times