Queensland cyclist Byron Davis was always going to be a shining light on the track at Australia’s Youth Olympic Festival, but last night he was lighting up the whole Olympics. Davis put the flame to the Olympic cauldron in front of thousands of athletes and spectators at the Opening Ceremony at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Speaking last night before the Ceremony Davis was very excited, "I feel really privileged, and it’s a great surprise".
A great international line up of paddlers contested the first heat session of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) canoe/ kayak flatwater competition on Thursday morning, racing for a place in the finals.
Hovering nervously, Michelle Cheung of Great Britain is enjoying her lunch break in the Sports Centre of Sydney Olympic Park, as she prepares for another round of Badminton at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF).Like many of the 1600 athletes competing at the AYOF, Cheung has had to acclimatise to her Sydney surroundings, adjusting to the people and the heat as she aims for a gold medal.
Four Australian athletes at this year’s Youth Olympic Festival are particularly well prepared for their events.Ben Grenda, Vicki Parnov, Kimberly Mulhall and Jessie Couch are genetically linked to successful athletes. These pedigree competitors throw into question the idea of nature or nurture as they take centre stage in their fields.
The 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival opened in fine style on Wednesday night with an all singing, all dancing spectacular involving 1300 children from all across New South Wales.
Australia’s swimmers kick-started the Australian Youth Olympic Festival with a bang, winning eight medals – three of them gold – on night one of competition at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre tonight.
The Australian girl’s football team is in contention for a gold medal after narrowly beating Japan on the second day of competition at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.