HMS Collingwood warrant officer to train Olympic flag bearers

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WARRANT Officer Paul Barker has been selected to train servicemen and women to be flag bearers at the London Olympics in July and August this year.

The HMS Collingwood drill sergeant will prepare 176 military personnel who will raise the flags at the winners’ podium at each of the 805 Victory Ceremonies at the Games.

WO1 Barker said: ‘As a member of the Royal Navy I am proud to be part of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase the skills of our armed forces at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

‘As the senior ceremonial instructor, my role is to ensure the Tri-Service Flag Raising Teams are trained to the highest of standards and supported during the Games along with my small team of Royal Naval instructors.’