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Hi-tecs Nick Matthew carried the Team England flag at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games
Voted for by his fellow athletes to lead Team England as Flag Bearer, Nick will be defending both his Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles titles won in Delhi four years ago in what will be his third Commonwealth Games appearance for Team England.

Nick will reach his 100th England cap on day one of the competition (Thursday 24 July), when the men’s individual round of 64 gets underway, and goes into the Games just four weeks after knee surgery for a small meniscus tear which threated his title defence.

Being selected to carry the Team England flag is due recognition for England’s most successful squash player of all time, with three World Championship titles, three British Open titles and two Commonwealth Games Gold Medals. Matthew follows in the footsteps of London 2012 Team GB flag bearer Sir Chris Hoy, who Matthew cites as his own sporting idol.

And yes, he is wearing the shoes, right picture.

Nick Matthew, Team England Flag Bearer, said: “It’s a great honour to be chosen to carry the flag by this incredibly talented team of athletes from Team England. “The Commonwealth Games is a pinnacle for squash players in a multi-sport Games environment, and I feel extremely proud to represent all the different sports and athletes here as we unite as Team England. “I can’t wait to share that very special moment with the whole of Team England before we get down to the business of bringing home the medals for our country.”

Congratulating Matthew on his selection, Jan Paterson, Team England Chef de Mission, said: “Nick Matthew is one of Team England’s most successful athletes, and a wonderful choice by the team to lead them into the Opening Ceremony tomorrow evening.

“The Ceremony is an important opportunity for our athletes from different sports to unite as a single spirit and behind a single passion for competing for Team England. “Nick’s is extremely proud to be a defending Commonwealth Champion and his determination to be here to defend his titles demonstrates his passion for Team England. He will truly inspire the team as he leads them into Celtic Park to mark the start of what we anticipate to be a very exciting and successful Commonwealth Games for Team England.”

The Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles take place at the Scotstoun Sports Campus from 24-28 July, followed by Men`s Doubles, Women`s Doubles and Mixed Doubles from 29 July to 3 August.

To follow Nick’s progress, please visit http://cwgsquash.net/tag/nick-matthew/

Darrance posted at 18-Feb-2017 7:49:11 PM
This inruedtcos a pleasingly rational point of view.
Crystal posted at 15-Nov-2015 6:16:01 PM
Dear Kris, thanks very much for your shairng!!! Yes my wife is also writing down her experience, hope she can finish it! Thanks again!
Roger posted at 15-Nov-2015 5:47:53 PM
Hi Barbara Thanks for this, I have only listened to #3. Quick Q: Does your club ever itivne retailers OR have a good selection of racquets for members to DEMO? I have been with my ski club for 24 years. Every so often, equipment reps will bring a whole whack of various skis for everyone on the hills that day to swap their own for to take another pair to demo for the day. That gives everyone a good feel for the equipment without first spending a tonne of $$$s before finding the one that suits their needs. They can demo as many as they like during the course of the day.I have had a Black Knight badminton racquet for many years. If you could get suppliers to spend a day / weekend and notify your members they are there, they could try out all kinds / colours / stringing, etc., pre-purchasing
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