Tuesday, September 11, 2012
A Norwich capoeira teacher was among performers taking part in the Paralympic closing ceremony.
Jamie Lynch, who teaches the Brazilian martial art which combines elements of dance and music, was invited to take part in the section of the ceremony where the flag is handed over to Rio de Janeiro, through his involvement on the British Capoeira Council.
Mr Lynch, who appeared alongside a blind ballet troupe from Rio, said: “I felt on top of the world to take part. It was absolutely amazing to run out into the stadium with 80,000 people watching, particularly following the incredible feats of excellence by all the Paralympians over the past few days.
“To celebrate their achievements and their success was such an honour.”
Mr Lynch, who lives in St Philips Road and runs Capoeira Communities, was able to exchange greetings with gold medal-winning Ellie Simmonds and Mayor of London Boris Johnson.