Belfast Telegraph

Irish Guards chosen for Olympic flag ceremonies

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Two soldiers from Northern Ireland have been selected to play a key role at the Olympics.

Sergeant Kyle Reains (26) and Lance Corporal Josh Rainey (25) from 1st Battalion Irish Guards will raise the flags during medal ceremonies at London 2012.

Both soldiers, based at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, were chosen to represent the Army.

Sergeant Reains from Co Down, who was wounded in Afghanistan two years ago, joined in 2003.

He has also served on operations in Iraq and described his latest task as a “huge honour”.

Both soldiers will be taking part in team welcome ceremonies.

They will also be part of the victory ceremonies which happen after the awarding of medals when the flags of the gold, silver and bronze medal-winning athlete’s countries are raised as the national anthem of the country or territory of the winner is played.

There will 805 victory ceremonies throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sports fanatic L/C Rainey joined the Army in 2008 and has completed two operational tours of Afghanistan.

He said: “I have (had) routine ceremonial duties this year as well as the Diamond Jubilee and now the Olympics.”

There will be eight Royal Navy teams, nine Army teams, eight RAF teams and one overall commander.

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