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Another magic moment for CQ in Glasgow closing ceremony

DOUBLE DELIGHT: Rockhampton’s Mark Knowles was chosen as the Australian flagbearer for the closing ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games just hours after winning gold with the Kookaburras.
DOUBLE DELIGHT: Rockhampton’s Mark Knowles was chosen as the Australian flagbearer for the closing ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games just hours after winning gold with the Kookaburras. Ady Kerry AK Pictures

ROCKHAMPTON hockey star Mark Knowles capped a golden Glasgow Games campaign by carrying the flag for the Australian team in the closing ceremony yesterday.

Sadly for parents Barbara and Ryan, they did not get to see the monumental event.

"The only disappointment was that they never showed it (on television)," a proud Barbara said.

"But we've all still got goose bumps. It was not something Mark was expecting but it was truly an honour."

Barbara and Ryan sat fixed to their television set on Sunday night, watching Mark lead the Kookaburras to a convincing 4-nil win over India in the gold medal match.

Shortly after sending him a congratulatory text, they received a reply with the news that he had been chosen as the Aussie flag bearer.

Mark, 30, initially thought he would not take part in the closing ceremony, planning to rest the foot injury he had carried into Glasgow from the Kookaburras victorious World Cup campaign.

"A phone call (from team officials) changed all that," Barbara said.

"He couldn't believe it. He said it was such an honour and he was so proud.

"And what about Rocky? Anna (Meares) carrying the flag in and Mark carrying it at the end."

Barbara said it was hard for her and Ryan to watch the Games from Rockhampton.

They regularly travel to watch their son compete. They were in Holland in June to see the Kookaburras defend their World Cup title and Mark named player of the tournament.

Barbara said it had been an incredible year for Mark, who is expecting his second child in November with wife Kelly. The 245-game international will now head to the United States to conduct coaching clinics with former teammate and brother-in-law Jamie Dwyer.

He will then return to Perth before heading home to Rockhampton for Christmas with his family.

CQ SHINES

THE medal haul of Central Queensland athletes eclipsed the collective efforts of 18 countries at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Rockhampton's Mark Knowles and Matt Gohdes won gold as members of the Australian men's hockey team and cycling champion Anna Meares powered her way to one gold and one silver.

That put CQ ahead of Papua New Guinea, Grenada, Botswana, Kiribati, Bahamas, Samoa, Namibia, Mozambique, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Isle of Man, Naura, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Zambia, Barbados, Fiji and Saint Lucia.

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