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Women’s captain Stacey Michelsen has been named flag bearer for the New Zealand Team at Gold Coast 2018.
Rob Waddell made the announcement this afternoon as the New Zealand Team gathered ahead of the Closing Ceremony.
“Each and every one of our athletes has been outstanding here on the Gold Coast,” said Waddell.
“They have each represented New Zealand with pride, they have supported each other and given it their all for our country. There is no doubt, they have ‘Earned the Fern’.”
“Stacey led the women’s team to a historic first ever gold medal at a major games,” continued Waddell.
“The women’s hockey team story has been one of determination and comeback. They missed the top spot at both Delhi and Glasgow Commonwealth Games and by continuing to make changes and improvements to finish here on the Gold Coast on the top of the podium is absolutely fantastic.
“While the credit goes to the whole team, Stacey’s leadership has been critical in their result. She is a world leading athlete and her personal performance has inspired us all.”
Stacey herself was delighted to be named flag bearer.
“To be named flag bearer is a huge honour. The New Zealand Team is made up of so many amazing athletes. Being surrounded by them has been inspiring. Our success with the New Zealand women’s hockey team was really exciting and I can’t wait to have the moment with them and the wider team as I wave the flag tonight."
Michelesen will lead a team of around 250 members of the New Zealand team into the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony.