Glitzy start for Games
Photos and text by Terry Roberts
The 2012 NL Summer Games got off to a blazing start in Carbonear Aug. 18 as several thousand athletes, coaches, volunteers, dignitaries, sporting enthusiasts and entertainers took part in what can only be described as an electrifying and firstrate opening ceremonies.
With organizers holding their collective breath that the rain would hold off, the ceremonies seemingly went off without a hitch.
The ceremonies climaxed with the lighting of the flame by Stanley Cup champion Danny Cleary and Olympic gold medallist Jamie Korab — both of Harbour Grace — and Premier Kathy Dunderdale officially calling on the competitions to begin.
Hundreds of athletes from throughout the province — and a small contingent from Saint-Pierre — proudly paraded onto the field at the spruced up Carbonear recreation complex.
Here are some images from the ceremony.
Editor’s note: to view more photos from the opening ceremonies, see page B2 and visit www.cbncompass.ca.
Some of the spectators on hand for the opening ceremonies.
Sgt. Michael Avery of 589 Carbonear air cadets carried the banner for the Central team.
Bagpiper Joshua Chubbs leads the parade of dignitaries onto the field at the Carbonear Recreation Complex.
The Games’ mascots — from left, Zippy, Peppy and Bolt — were quite visible during the opening ceremonies.