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Commonwealth Games come to town

Every 4 years , the 71 countries in the Commonwealth come together for a huge sporting event known as The Commonwealth Games. These are held 2 years after the Olympic Games. This year the games were held In Melbourne, Australia.

I was lucky enough to have auditioned and been accepted as a volunteer Athletes Marshall for the opening and closing ceremony. We commenced rehearsals back in january and are still doing these as I type these pages. Until now I had no idea just how much work is involved in putting on a show of this calibre.

The choreography team were the same who worked on the Manchester Commonwealth games, The Greek Olympics and the recent Winter Olympics in Torino.

Wednesday the 15th of March we held the biggest spectacular that Melbourne has seen since hosting the Olympic games back in 1956.

The weaving of iconic Victorian images, the Tram, The football, Backyard Cricket etc with Indigenous aboriginal dream time was amazing.

I felt very honoured to be a part of the whole event.

My skin, My life

Aboriginal performers entertained us with a dreamtime tale about the river and the importance of it to their lives. The costumes were beautiful. The elders were wearing traditional possum skin cloaks. These were decorated with designs depicting aspects of clan and country. The designs on the cloaks used at the opening ceremony depicted the modern and traditional life of Victorian Aborigine's.
As Possums are a protected species in Australia the pelts were imported from New Zealand.

The Choreography team

Wanda Rokicki, Gina Martinez, Roxana Smith, Ian Knowles, Brian Gillespie, Siobhan Ginty, Kylie Jane Wilson, Darren Tyler and of course Bryn Walters who rushed back from Toronto as soon as the Closing Ceremony was over. They have done an amazing job in coaching and coordinating hundreds of people in such a short space of time to create a huge spectacular.

  • Last visit to Melbourne: Mar 2006
  • Intro Updated Mar 20, 2006
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  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2010 at 12:30 AM

    You're welcome! Its an interesting little city - and, at some point, I'll actually get round to doing some tips!! LOL! Gillybob greetings

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2008 at 8:32 AM

    Thanks for signing the Darwin survival postcard! See you around, PJ

  • feelingfabulous's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2007 at 3:26 AM

    not bad, so so

  • raytor's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2007 at 5:22 AM

    You wouldn't want it any other way.

  • Lunaina's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2007 at 12:27 AM

    Hi Rosie. Melbourne is my favourite city in Australia, I was there in 1995 and enjoyed the Australian Open andsome festivals!! Great to hear about your Commonw. Games story, wow!! I wish I had been there this year, but watched it all on the television!!

  • adelaidean's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2007 at 10:23 PM

    Rosie I have just been reminising again...I love looking at all the photos..Roll on Perth

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2006 at 6:26 AM

    Thanks for stopping by Rosie. Looks like you all had a great time in Melbourne. Your son is an absolutely doll. WOn't be long before the girls start ringing him up or perhaps it's already started LOL xxx Lori

  • cnango's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2006 at 7:16 PM

    Hi Rosie, Wonderful meeting you & yours ! Love the pics, I'll post some as well later Right now I still need to recover from Jet lag & very little sleep during the Fantastic Big Meet & other OZ Adventures hahah

  • MATIM's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2006 at 9:46 AM

    nope never bored of looking at meeting pics. :) Great pictures btw

  • allikat's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2006 at 2:21 PM

    Twin peaks! Hahahaha! And next time we must make up for the brithday drink I didn't realise we should have had for you!!! Belated happy birthday Sweets!

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