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Britney Arendse and Jordan Lee named Ireland's Paralympic flagbearers


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Britney Arendse and Jordan Lee will carry the Irish flag at Tuesday's opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games. 

Both will be making their Paralympic debuts at Tokyo 2020.

The opening ceremony takes place from midday Irish time on Tuesday (August 24).

Arendse and Lee will both be in action on Friday in their respective power-lifting and high jump events.

"This came as the most pleasant of shocks when I was approached to be a flag bearer," Cavan native Arendse said.

"This is a great honour and I know that my parents and all my neighbours and friends will be delighted when they hear the news.

"Now I can’t wait to get to the stadium and, along with Jordan, lead out my team mates behind the tricolour.”

Lee added, "This is honestly a dream come true. I did not expect this but I am truly embracing it.

"I actually got a little bit emotional when I was asked, I know that this will be a moment that will love forever and I can’t wait to get out there."

Paralympics Ireland Chef de Mission Neasa Russell said, “We are very proud to introduce Jordan and Britney as our official Team Ireland flag bearers.

"These are two young rising stars in their sports and they are very deserving of this opportunity.

"I know that they will perform this role really well and they will do their families, their communities, their country and themselves very proud."

Barry McClements (swimming) and Colin Judge are scheduled to open Ireland's account in Tokyo.

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