Basketball star Patty Mills and swimmer Cate Campbell have been named Australia’s flag bearers for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The pair will make history, with Mills the first Indigenous Australian to lead out the national team and Campbell the first female swimmer.
Watch the pair speak to Sunrise in the video above
This year’s Olympics will be the first that every country at both the opening and closing ceremonies will have a male and female flag bearer.
Speaking to Sunrise, Mills said he hopes the historic honour is a “turning point” for Australia.
“The feelings are a bunch of emotions that are really hard to describe,” the 32-year-old said.
“I think I won’t really understand the magnitude and the impact that it will have on Australia for quite some time.
“So I’m just trying to soak it up and trying to enjoy the moment.”
Mills has been to four Olympics as part of the Boomers, Australia’s men’s basketball team.
“One of the coolest things is to be able to see and feel the reactions of family members, friends, and loved ones,” he added.
Campbell, who will be attending her fourth Olympics, said that the flag bearing duties are one of the highlights of her career.
“This will be my first-ever opening ceremony, which is so exciting.”
The 29-year-old has won two Olympic gold medals, the 4x100m freestyle relay in London 2012 and Rio 2016.
She also has one silver and two bronze medals to her name.
“To be able to be one of the flag bearers alongside Patty is such an honour and privilege.”
The opening ceremony for the Games, which were postponed a year because of the global coronavirus pandemic, will be held on July 23.