Niall Roberts: Olympian (Aquatics) and flag bearer of ”The Golden Arrowhead” at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (29th Olympiad).
The million dollar response from a private audience with this Olympian reads the following:
“As an athlete, it’s your biggest dream to compete at the highest level possible. To compete at the Olympics, to have the title “Olympian”, I have not had a better feeling, was never more proud and will not have a greater honour than that night walking into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympics and carrying my country’s flag high and proud.
I saw myself on the big screen, got cold, my skin grew all over, my hair on my hands were up and I almost cried.
This in my books, represents a lifelong memory which is un-erasable…
Additional Guyanese Flag Bearers are as follows:
1972 Munich, Germany: Gordon Sankies
1984 Los Angeles USA: Earl Haley
1988 Seoul South Korea: Alfred Thomas
1996 Atlanta USA: John Douglas
2000 Sydney Australia: Aliann Pompey
2004 Athens Greece: Aliann Pompey
2008 Beijing China: Niall Roberts
2012 ? ? Who’s next?
Perhaps Cleveland Forde, Alisha Fortune (Athletics), Alonzo Greaves Geron Williams (Guyana Cycling Federation) or “Winston George (athletics)”…
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