Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Katie following in Wayne McCullough's footsteps as Team Ireland flagbearer

Four-time women's world boxing champion Katie Taylor will be Ireland's flag bearer at the London 2012 opening ceremony, the Olympic Council of Ireland have confirmed.

The 26-year-old from Bray will carry the Irish tricolour in front of Team Ireland at the ceremony which takes place on Friday night.

As well as her world titles, Taylor has won five European titles, four EU titles and is a Republic of Ireland international footballer.

Taylor is the third Irish boxer to be chosen as flag bearer.

Shankill Road man Wayne McCullough carried the flag at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Pocket Rocket McCullough, who won silver four years later in Barcelona, said: “I always maintained that I was a sportsman, not a politician.

“I’m sure that they offered it to me believing that I would turn it down. Not many get the chance to carry the flag.”

The other boxer was Francis Barrett who carried the tricolour at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Irish Amateur Boxing Association president Tommy Murphy said: “It's a great honour for Irish amateur boxing and we are absolutely delighted that Katie has been chosen as the flag bearer for Ireland for the opening ceremony for the London Olympics.

“She is the first female boxer to represent this country at the Olympic Games and it is a good choice.

“Katie is a fantastic ambassador for our sport and her record in international competition speaks for itself.”

Belfast boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlon are also part of the Ireland set-up.

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