Hampshire's Peter Norfolk, who's known as "The Quadfather" carried the British flag at the Paralympic opening ceremony last night.
He led Britain, the last of 164 nations, into the arena to a rapturous reception and the strains of David Bowie's 'Heroes' as the host nation received a taster of the partisan noise which is set to greet them in their medal quest.
Peter lives in Alton. He made history at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games when he won Britain’s first ever medals in Wheelchair Tennis – a gold in the Quad Singles and a silver in Quad Doubles, where he played alongside Mark Eccleston.
In 1979, Peter had a motorcycle accident which left him with a spinal cord injury.
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