AYOF 2007

1500 athletes competed over five days of competition from 17-21 January, at the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

The Festival was held across 16 Olympic sports with participants from 23 countries.

Figure skating and short track speed skating became the first winter sports ever contested while football and sailing also made their debut.

AYOF records are kept for athletics, cycling and swimming. At the 2007 festival, 18 records were broken on the track, nine in the pool and five at the velodrome.

Sports 

The sports line-up for the 2007 Festival included: athletics, badminton, canoe/kayak (flatwater & slalom), cycling (track & road), diving, figure skating, football, gymnastics, hockey, rowing, sailing, shooting (clay target), short track speed skating, swimming, table tennis and taekwondo.

For highlights of each of the sports and some great action shots, click here>>

Opening Ceremony 

Spectacular dancing and uniquely Australian performances produced by The Performing Arts Unit of the NSW Department of Education and Training showcased the talent of the 1,200 young performers from New South Wales Public Schools at the AYOF Opening Ceremony.

The Ceremony incorporated a mix of Olympic protocols including the Parade of Nations, arrival of the Olympic Flag, arrival of the AYOF flame, lighting of the cauldron, and the readings of the AYOF Athletes and Officials oaths.

An audience of over 7,400 witnessed the Opening Ceremony held at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

This was the only opportunity of bringing all the participating nations together ahead of the sport competition to welcome them to the AYOF.