Samoa makes sporting history as first day of Commonwealth Youth Games competition begins
7 September 2015
For immediate release
With the first day of competition about to start, Samoa’s capital is ready for an impactful festival of Commonwealth sporting action at the Vth Commonwealth Youth Games. Following the immersive and impressive Opening Ceremony - the largest-ever cultural performance the Pacific island nation had ever presented featuring 1% of the island’s population as volunteer cast – seven of the nine sports kick off today, Monday 7 September, across two sporting complexes.
The Athletics and Tennis action starts at Apia Park Complex, with Aquatics, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Squash and Weightlifting all commencing at Tuana’imato Sports Facility. Events include the 100m and 1500m finals of Athletics and 200m Freestyle, 200m Butterfly and 100m Backstroke Swimming finals.
Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive David Grevemberg, said: “After a genuinely inspiring opening event, our attention now turns to the field of play and the sporting competition about to take place between our young Commonwealth athletes, many experiencing a multi-sport environment for the very first time. Samoa and its people should be rightly proud of all the work they have done to stage this significant event – and the athletes are ready to deliver clean and impactful sporting performances that engage and inspire Samoa’s crowds and communities”.
The first event will be Lawn Bowls, as the sun rises over three greens at 07.45am, when Northern Ireland play Cook Islands, India play Scotland and Australia take on Malaysia in the Women’s Singles. The first Gold medal is likely to be awarded in Weightlifting in the Women’s 48kg category, with 15-year old Saofaialo Jim from host nation Samoa facing contenders from Australia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Wales.
15 year old Swimmer Sitivi Sooaemalelagi, from Samoa, competing today in 50m Men’s Butterfly and 200m Men’s Butterfly and 200m Men’s Freestyle said: “I can’t wait to start so I can show Samoa how hard we’ve been training. Its very nice to have all the different personalities from all the Commonwealth countries in Samoa. I want the other athletes to see how happy Samoan people are, all the athletes are very welcome here. I hope to make a PB in our pool, I want to make my family and my country proud – I get my strength from God.”
13 year old Ricci Pheaulika Daniel, a Weightlifter from Nauru in the Women’s 53kg category said: “I am feeling good, I’ve been training since I was 9, I enjoy the travel. My biggest motivator is to make my mum and dad proud. I also like the time off school. I like being here in Samoa, I like being in the Commonwealth Youth Games, I get to meet lots of other nations and similar people from the islands like me. I am hoping to win something… something gold.”
There are 16 sessions on the first day of competition across the nine sports presented, with 22 Gold Medals contested in Swimming, Athletics and Weightlifting. The remaining two sports, Archery and Rugby Sevens, start on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
For more information, please contact:
Martin Reynolds, CGF
UK: +44 7789 772619
Katy Atkinson, Organising Committee
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Notes to Editors
- Sports at The Commonwealth Youth Games: Aquatics (Swimming), Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rugby Sevens, Squash, Tennis and Weightlifting. Each nation and territory is guaranteed a minimum of four athletes (two male/two female).
- Previous Games: England topped the medal table at the last Youth Games on the Isle of Man in 2011. Previous hosts are Pune, India (2008), Bendigo, Australia (2004) and Edinburgh, Scotland (2000).
- The Venues: Tuana’imato Sports Facility - Aquatics (Swimming), Archery, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Squash, Weightlifting. Apia Park Sports Complex - Athletics, Rugby Sevens, Tennis.
- Tickets: Available from Eveni Sport, SSAB and BlueSky outlets in Apia
- Results: To get the latest results visit www.samoacyg2015.ws
- Social: www.facebook.com/samoa2015cyg / www.twitter.com/2015CYGSamoa / #SamoaCYG2015