Rachael to be Olympics Flag bearer

Flt Lt Rachael Cadman who has been selected to be one of the Olympic flag bearers. Photo supplied
Flt Lt Rachael Cadman who has been selected to be one of the Olympic flag bearers. Photo supplied

AFTER a record breaking year for a Cranwell-based Officer, she can now add another Olympic-sized honour to the list.

Flt Lt Rachael Cadman has been chosen to be one of 16 servicemen and women to carry the Olympic flag and the Union Jack at Friday’s Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games.

Servicemen chosen for the honour are selected according to their sporting, charitable or operational achievements, as well as their own individual successes.

Rachael was chosen for being the first woman in the world to complete the Enduroman Arch2Arc Triathlon Challenge, running 87 miles from Marble Arch to Dover, swimming the English Channel then cycling from Calais to Paris in a total of 97 hours.

She first started rehearsing for the ceremony at HMS Collingwood in Portsmouth, going through the rules and regulations for the high-profile job, and then she has been in London since July 9 practicing daily at the Olympic stadium in preparation for Friday’s event, going over the routines and movements involved.

The procedure will involve a group of 16 servicemen and women; eight to carry the two flags separately, four to hoist the Union Jack at the start of the ceremony, and four to hoist the Olympic Flag at the end of the ceremony. Including Rachael, there are six RAF servicemen, two Marines, three Naval officers and five Army servicemen.

Rachael said: “I’m so excited and thrilled to be involved, it is a big honour to be selected and I hope it all goes well on the day, as I’m told an estimated 1 billion people will be watching on TV!”

As the ceremony itself has long since sold out, Rachael’s husband Adam and sister-in-law Claire Troughton will be watching the final rehearsal, and all her family will be watching the ceremony on TV on Friday, even her parents who live in France will be tuning in.