“I’m honoured to be considered as flag bearer considering there are a lot of other athletes in the team with bigger CVs than I have. There are little chances to represent Northern Ireland in my lifetime, possibly eight to nine and so to do so in Glasgow so close to home in front of friends and family is a real honour”.
The flag bearer is an important role and this was carried out by Mark Montgomery in the 2010 Commonwealth Games when he was competing in Wrestling. He returns to Glasgow competing in Judo. The only other cyclist to have the honour of carrying the flag for Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games was Morris Foster MBE.
Chef de Mission Robert McVeigh said:
“We are delighted to appoint Martyn as official flag bearer as he epitomises the spirit of Team Northern Ireland by exhibiting qualities of commitment and integrity. He has demonstrated an ability to galvanise all our sports into one team.
The Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, which is due to begin at Celtic Park at 8pm on Wednesday, will potentially have a global audience of 1.5 billion, according to Glasgow 2014 organisers. Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle are some of the performers lined up to entertain.