Winter Olympics: Beau-James Wells named New Zealand flag bearer for opening ceremony

The 22-year-old will lead the NZ team at the opening ceremony on Friday night (NZT).
The 22-year-old will lead the NZ team at the opening ceremony on Friday night (NZT). Photo credit: Getty

Freeskiier Beau-James Wells has been confirmed as New Zealand's flag bearer for the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in PyeongChang.

The delighted 22-year-old was presented with Te Mahutonga, the New Zealand team’s kakahu (cloak) today by Chef de Mission Pete Wardell in the presence of brothers Jackson and Byron and other members of the New Zealand team.  

Winter Olympics: Beau-James Wells named New Zealand flag bearer for opening ceremony
Photo credit: Getty

"It is my great honour to name Beau-James Wells as flag bearer," said Pete Wardell, Chef de Mission of the New Zealand Olympic Team in PyeongChang.

"Beau-James is an inspiring athlete who has been at the forefront of freesking in New Zealand. He did us proud in Sochi with a sixth place in the halfpipe while he was still a teenager and competing at his first Olympic Games.

"He was able to overcome a significant ACL injury to finish the 2017 season with a tenth placing at New Zealand’s competitive Winter Games and a sixth at the Copper Mountain World Cup."

The opening ceremony gets underway Friday at 11:45pm (NZT).

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