Royal Akarana Yacht Club members Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have received the ultimate honour – co-captatins and flag bearers for the NZ Olympic Team at the Olympic Opening Ceremony!
The last member of a New Zealand Olympic sailing team to carry the flag at the opening ceremony was three-time medallist boardsailor Barbara Kendall at Atlanta in 1996. She had won the gold medal at Barcelona in 1992.
It will be the first time in New Zealand Olympic history that two athletes will share the flag carrying duties.
“We are so incredibly proud to be leading the team together and to be honoured as a crew,” said Burling.
“We would not have had the success we have had without each other and we know this is the case for many of us in the New Zealand Olympic team.”
Tuke said he hoped their experience as a team would enable them to add value to others performances.
“We are just so proud and, by sharing our experiences gained as a team, we hope we can inspire incredible performances here in Rio.”
These two are role models for the sport and for the next generation of youth sailors who hope to one day be in their sailing boots.
Wave that flag high and proud guys! We will be watching and cheering before the sailing even starts!