Rick Mitchell (athletics) carried the Australian flag at the opening ceremony of the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. Winning a gold, two silver and a bronze medal across the two Commonwealth Games in which he represented Australia. In Edmonton in 1978, Mitchell won gold in the 400m and bronze as part of the 4x400m relay team. After winning the silver medal in the 400m at the Moscow Olympic Games in 1980, Mitchell was selected as flag bearer for the Australian team in Brisbane in 1982, where he won silvers in the 400m and the 4x400m relay. A late starter to athletics, not commencing until he was 17-years-old, Mitchell made his international debut at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal where he finished sixth, in a then Australian record time of 45.40. Mitchell would go on to better the time in Moscow four years later running 44.84, which at the time was a Commonwealth record. Selected as athletics team captain for the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984, Mitchell was a member of the 4x400m which finished fourth, setting a new Australian record time in the race. Mitchell is a member of the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame. Sadly, Mitchell passed away in May 2021, aged 66.
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