Kurt Fearnley's classy response to closing ceremony 'snub'

Winning feeling Asha Philip Dina Asher-Smith Bianca Williams and Lorraine Ugen pose with their medal

Winning feeling Asha Philip Dina Asher-Smith Bianca Williams and Lorraine Ugen pose with their medalPAUL CHILDS

"Did we stuff it up? Yes".

The ceremony has been slammed for snubbing the athletes and denying them the recognition for their achievements during the 11 days of competition. "We got that wrong", he tweeted on Monday.

"Kurt has definitely been a big part of paving the way for what para-sports have become in Australia and he's been inspiring for me and all those other strong athletes who have overcome hurdles", Patterson, 19, said.

"It was a shame that the flag-bearer wasn't recognised".

"I didn't even hear the closing ceremony was what it was this morning when I got here".

Singer Guy Sebastian performs during the closing ceremony.

"We can only show the pictures that are provided by the actual host broadcasters", Griggs said.

He told Sunrise their decision to not show the athletes walking through the stadium was made based on the competitor's welfare.

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"This decision to bring the athletes into the stadium before the broadcast was operationally driven given there were restrictions on being able to keep the athletes waiting in comfort".

"That part was a little bit, you know, not what the athletes would have liked".

"They made the decision not to have athletes enter the stadium".

As the event rolled on, spectators began streaming out of the Carrara Stadium before the ceremony finished, leaving the venue seemingly half-empty when the lights were turned back on.

Former Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt plays the DJ decks during the closing ceremony.

Beattie also conceded speeches at the ceremony went for too long.

"Swimming gives me a pain-free day, the water is a magical place to relax with the calm I feel moving in the water", Patterson said.

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