Vancouver, BC – Paralympic swimmer Donovan Tildesley from Vancouver received the James Worrall Flag Bearer Award from Petro-Canada during a special awards dinner and presentation Thursday, December 4th 2008 at the Stanley Park Pavilion in Vancouver, BC.
Donovan, who swims for the UBC Dolphins under Coach Derrick Schoof, carried the Canadian flag into the Opening Ceremonies at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.
This year’s Awards dinner and presentation was unique to Petro-Canada; it was the first time presenting the award to both opening and closing flag bearers at the same time. Traditionally, the opening ceremonies flag bearer is given the award during a celebration at the Paralympic Games. The closing ceremony flag bearer is given their award during a celebration in their hometown after the Games. Paralympic sailor and gold medalist Paul Tingley, also from Vancouver was the closing ceremonies flag bearer at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Due to scheduling conflicts, it was decided to celebrate both flag bearers at the same time, in their same hometown which was a very special moment for both athletes and Petro-Canada.
The James Worrall Flag Bearer Award provides recognition to opening and closing ceremony Canadian flag bearers in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The award is named after the legendary Olympian James Worrall who competed in the Berlin Olympic Games in 1936. Athens in 2004 marked the first time Paralympians received this prestigious award.
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