Double European Games gold medallist Marcus Ellis has been given the"unbelievable honour" of being Team GB's flagbearer at tonight's Closing Ceremony after an 'exemplary' showing on- and off court in Minsk.
The badminton star will lead the British delegation after a fine seven days of competition at Minsk 2019, which saw him secure gold in the men's doubles yesterday with Chris Langridge, before following up today with gold in the mixed doubles alongside playing partner Lauren Smith.
On the badminton court, Team GB will go home with an incredibly impressive five medals from a possible seven on offer at the Games, two of them gold, all of which will prove hugely beneficial in terms of world ranking points on the road to Tokyo 2020.
In a Games which have seen a number of standout performances, the decision to select Ellis is an honour both the player and the sport; a fact not lost on Ellis.
Made aware of the decision yesterday, Marcus Ellis commented on the accolade moments after winning his second gold of the Games: “What an unbelievable honour being chosen to be flagbearer – I never thought I’d be the one to be chosen to do something like this.
“It’s something that’s incredibly special and I didn’t even have to hesitate when I was asked. I’m very excited, but have no idea what to expect – I’m really looking forward to it.”
Speaking after the selection was made Team GB's Chef de Mission, Paul Ford, said: “We have been treated to some incredible performances during these last 10 days of competition and as such, choosing a Closing Ceremony flagbearer was never going to be an easy choice.
"Laura Hanna (Deputy Chef de Mission) and myself felt that over his seven days of competition Marcus has not only put in first rate performances but lived the Team GB values, representing himself, his sport and the nation in an exemplary manner.”