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Barrow carries GB flag at Universiade Opening Ceremony

12 August 2011

Sarah Barrow carried the flag for British Universities & Colleges Sport Great Britain team at the Opening Ceremony of the World University Games in Shenzhen, China.

Carrying the flag at the World University Games is quite an honour.

Barrow, currently studying a degree in Sport & Exercise Science at Leeds Metropolitan, was selected as flag bearer from a delegation of 220.

“I was really excited when I found out," said Barrow - who finished fourth with Tonia Couch in the 10m Synchro at last month's World Championships in Shanghai.

"I was a bit nervous in case I tripped up, but it’s really good to be selected as a diver because diving is quite a minority sport.

"It’s getting bigger every competition we do, so it’s nice to be recognised. Carrying the flag at the World University Games is quite an honour."

The Opening Ceremony took place at Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre, the 20,000 seat stadium at full capacity with over 3,000 student actors.

Barrow led Team GBR into the stadium along with more than 150 countries to walk through the ‘Gate of the World’, a huge LED wall, onto the ‘Youth Boulevard’.

The Diving event starts on Tuesday 16th August in China while the Swimming starts on Saturday 13th August and the Water Polo on Thursday 11th August.

For more information about Team GBR's involvement in the World University Games go to www.bucs.org.uk/shenzhen.

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