One of this nation's most dedicated athletes will carry Canada's flag at Thursday's opening ceremonies of the Paralympics.

Alpine skier Mark Ludbrook, a four-time Paralympic medallist and four-event hopeful, was named as flag-bearer on Wednesday.

"Receiving this recognition and honours from my peers is honestly and truly a gold medal moment in my life," said Ludbrook, who has six international podium finishes in his career, including a bronze medal in the Super G at the 1998 Games in Nagano.

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  • Nordic Skiing
  • Sledge Hockey
  • Broadcast schedule
  • Events schedule
  • Ludbrook, a native of Port Colbourne, Ont., is an all-around athlete. He has attended five Paralympic Games (three summer and two winter), winning three swimming medals in the process.

    But it's Ludbrook's character and leadership abilities that made him the perfect man to receive the honour of flag bearer.

    Judging by his three decades of competing in Paralympic sports, his past as an AthletesCan board member and Canadian Paralympic Committee representative, his passion to sports in unsurpassed.

    "Mark has really been the team leader because of the respect he has gained from his teammates," said Chef de Mission Henry Wohler. "He is the one who has contributed to the growth and the development of the team."