The 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games are now underway following the Opening Ceremony, which took place at the Bowl Stadium this evening (8th September). The spectacular ceremony featured over 225 dancers, musicians and actors who paid tribute to the Isle of Man’s heritage, while welcoming athletes and officials from all over the world.
Announced as flagbearer this afternoon, sprinter Tom Holligan (Edinburgh) led Youth Team Scotland into the Opening Ceremony. The ceremony blended the best of Manx culture with references to five continents from which the Commonwealth athletes come, drawing together young people, children and adults from all over the island.
Youth Team Scotland, General Team Manager Vicky Strange said: “Tom was a great flagbearer and I think the entire team really got into the spirit of the Opening Ceremony tonight. It’s always a special experience for athletes to march as a team as it really marks the start of the Games. We’re now all really excited for the Games to begin tomorrow.”
Following the ceremony, Tom said: “It felt incredible to lead Youth Team Scotland out at tonight’s Opening Ceremony. The memory will stay with me forever!”
Following a celebration of Manx culture, the show developed an international flavour with the ‘Carnival of the Commonwealth’ before reaching its climax with a stunning finale featuring all of the performers and some spectacular special effects.