Singapore 2010

Singapore 2010

On 14 August 2010, the first ever Youth Olympic Games kicked off with 3,600 of the world’s best young athletes taking part in a spectacular opening ceremony at Singapore's Float@Marina Bay.

“You are our future and we want to help you take that future into your own hands,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said. "From this moment on, young people around the world have a chance to participate in a global forum that combines sport, education and culture."

The vision of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) was to inspire young people around the world to participate in sport and adopt and live by the Olympic values. It was during its Session in Guatemala City in July 2007 that the IOC decided to create a new sporting event to educate, engage and influence young athletes inspiring them to play an active role in their communities.

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Australia at these Games

The 2010 Australian Youth Olympic Team delivered outstanding sporting performances at the Singapore Games, displaying the Aussie fighting spirit and winning an array of medals.

Australia took a full team of 100 athletes to the Singapore Games and won a total of 32 medals - 8 gold, 15 silver and 9 bronze. Dual Olympic rowing gold medallist Nick Green led his first Team as Chef de Mission, ahead of the same position for the London Olympic Games in 2012

The first medals decided at Singapore 2010 were in the women's individual triathlon and Queenslander Ellie Salthouse got Australia's Youth Olympic Games campaign underway with a spectacular silver medal.

Triathlon would see another silver medal for Australia in the mixed team relay where Salthouse and Michael Gosman teamed up with two New Zealanders to form Team Oceania in an exciting format that saw rivals become teammates for the day.

In the pool, Australia delivered great results as predicted. Young-gun Nicholas Schafer proved his mettle, winning two gold, one silver and a bronze. Kenneth To, Emily Selig and Emma McKeon also returned with a swag of medals and the other athletes saw much of the dais in both individual and relay events.

Likewise on the track, the athletics section proved to be a strong force, bringing home one gold (Nicholas Hough - hurdles), three silver (Brandon Starc - high jump, Michelle Jenneke - hurdles, Liz Parnov - pole vault) and one bronze (medley relay as Oceania).

On the picturesque Marina Bay Resevoir, the rowing and canoe/kayak events took place. Medals were aplenty for Australia with the men's and women's pairs both reaching the dais, winning bronze and silver respectively in the rowing and Jessica Fox brought home gold in the women's canoe/kayak slalom.

Other medal performances were Tom McDermott who won silver in equestrian as part of Team Australasia, silver to the women's 3-on-3 basketball team, bronze to Angela Donald in the women's artistic gymnastics beam discipline and a gold and bronze to Damien Hooper and Brett Mather respectively in the men's boxing.;

The final event for the Aussies was the men's hockey final. Going through the tournament undefeated, the Kookaburras in training produced a nail-biting final to beat Pakistan in the dying minutes to win gold.

Sixteen-year-old pole vault star, Liz Parnov, made history as the Australian flag bearer in the Games opening ceremony. There were no flagbearers in the closing ceremony.

Australian Olympians At The Games

Flag Bearers

Olympian Name Ceremony
Liz Parnov Opening

History

On 14 August 2010, the first ever Youth Olympic Games kicked off with 3,600 of the world’s best young athletes taking part in a spectacular opening ceremony at Singapore's Float@Marina Bay.

“You are our future and we want to help you take that future into your own hands,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said. "From this moment on, young people around the world have a chance to participate in a global forum that combines sport, education and culture."

The vision of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) was to inspire young people around the world to participate in sport and adopt and live by the Olympic values. It was during its Session in Guatemala City in July 2007 that the IOC decided to create a new sporting event to educate, engage and influence young athletes inspiring them to play an active role in their communities.

Young athletes between 14 and 16 years of age, from 204 National Olympic Committees, descended on Singapore for 12 days of the Youth Olympic Games in which they participated in high-level competitions as well as in a Culture and Education Programme focused on five themes: Olympism and Olympic values, skills development, well-being and healthy lifestyle, social responsibility and expression through digital media.

The sports program in Singapore encompassed all 26 sports on the program of the 2012 Olympic Games, with a smaller number of disciplines and events. There were a number of variations with some disciplines being non-Olympic with mixed gender and/or mixed NOC events. The varied formats were designed with a focus on youth (such as the exciting 3-on-3 basketball) and also to encourage strong representation across the sports by many nations.

Each NOC had a limit of 100 athletes, with 30 from team sports and 70 from individual sports.

Arriving on a boat shaped as a giant dragon, the Youth Olympic Flame was carried by 16-year-old Darren Choy who lit a ribbon of flame that spiralled up a 32 metre lighthouse towards the cauldron burner, encased in a six metre high glass structure.

The Games were seen as a resounding success with the next summer edition planned for Nanjing, China in 2014. 

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Emblem

The Singapore 2010 emblem had three distinct elements:
The Flame of Passion - The intense red flame represents the passion to learn and the power of positive thinking. Red is also the national colour of Singapore.
The Star of Champions - The rich purple star symbolises excellence and the pride of representing one's nation.
The Crescent of Tomorrow - The crescent reflects dynamic youth, full of promise. It has the lush green and calm blue colours of a tropical island city.

Motto

The motto for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games was 'Blazing the trail'

Mascots

The mascots for Singapore 2010 were Lyo, a lion cub, embodying the values of excellence and friendship, and Merly, a merlion, personifying the values of excellence and respect.

Lyo is short for "Lion of the Youth Olympics". A sports lover, he is fun-loving and hopes to inspire young people to keep fit and enjoy sports for life. He symbolises youths' boundless energy, their determination to live life to the fullest and zeal to strive for Excellence.

Merly got her name from "mer" (meaning the sea) and "l y" stand for liveliness and youthfulness. A passionate advocate of environment protection, Merly believes that everyone has a role to play in working towards a sustainable future. She also wants to encourage young people to play an active role in their communities and promote respect for one another.

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Alana Boyd (athletics – pole vault) made Australian Olympic history in Beijing, becoming the first Australian to join both parents as Olympians. This feat was emulated by Jess Fox (canoe/kayak - slalom) at the London 2012 Games.