Glitzy start for Games

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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.

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