Americas Cup Opening Ceremonies
Team USA took the traditional host position in the parade of countries for Opening Ceremonies of the 2013 Boccia Americas Cup and was the last team in the eight country processional. Team USA includes 13 athletes and 16 staff and is the largest national team ever for the United States.
Local Kansas athletes Austin Hanson and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Flora-Swick were selected to lead Team USA during the Parade of Nations. Austin, a 3-time Paralympian including the 2012 London Paralympics is the highest ranked international athlete in the country. Austin was the flag bearer. Lizzie is competing in her second international event, lives in Gardner, KS and is the daughter of the Games Director, Mark Flora- Swick. Lizzie carried the USA sign and led the team during the opening ceremony.