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altThe rugby 7s competition gets underway later today at the Commonwealth Youth Games with the opening group matches taking place in the newly refurbished ‘Bowl’ stadium in the Isle of Man’s capital Douglas

The first match pitches the current hosts – Isle of Man - against Scotland; the host nation of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 at 4.20pm local time (GMT+1), with the rest of Group A comprising Canada and Australia.

England will play in group B alongside Trinidad & Tobago, Sri Lanka and the powerful South African team before the tournament moves to knock out rounds on Sunday.

All teams are guaranteed a quarter-final place but a higher position in the group will be crucial for avoiding tougher opposition later on.

England Coach Ben Ryan said: “It’s fantastic for these lads to be here enjoying a multi-sport event.

“Experience counts for a lot and this tournament will stand us in good stead for future Commonwealth Games and Olympics.”

Trinidad and Tobago’s Team Manager Rudolph Jack said: “At this level there is no place to hide.

“To play South Africa and England, two of the biggest names in world rugby, will be quite an experience and Sri Lanka cannot be taken lightly.

“I’m confident in my players, and I know we’ll give a good account of ourselves.

“The main thing for me is that the boys enjoy and learn something from the competition which will serve them well in the future.”

Source: www.sportcom.com.au

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Dame Kelly Holmes DBE, MBE, the 2004 double gold Olympic Medal winning runner tops an impressive list of Olympic and Commonwealth medal winning athletes who will be visiting the Isle of Man during the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games.

Kelly, who won both the 800 and 1500 metre races at the Athens Olympics, is visiting in her capacity as President of the English team. Throughout her illustrious career she won gold at the 1994 and 2002, and Silver at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, Silver and Bronze at the 1995 Gothenburg World Championships, a bronze medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and Silver in both the 2003 indoor and outdoor World Championships.

She retired from athletics in 2005 and wasappointed a dameby HM The Queenin the same year.

Kelly is clearly looking forward to her visit and commented:

“The Commonwealth Youth Games is a great opportunity for athletes to pit themselves against some of the world’s leading competitors in their age group. It will give many of them a really good introduction to competing in championships and I am really looking forward to spotting some of the stars of the future and see what a great event the Isle of Man puts on.”

Fellow Athens Gold medalist Tonique Williams-Darling from Bahamas, who won the 2004 Olympics 400 metres race and the gold medal in the 2005 Helsinki World Championships, has also confirmed that she will be on the Isle of Man during CYG2011.  Tonique will be working in her role as Athletics team leader for the Caribbean island team.

Gymnast Beth Tweddle, the three-time world champion, who competed in the Edinburgh Commonwealth Youth Games, will be closely following the English team as their Gymnastics ambassador.

Alan Pascoe, the 400 metres and 400-metre Hurdles runner will also be casting his eye over the Games. Pascoe, whose career highlight was an Olympic Silver medal in the 400m relay in Munich as well as Gold medal from the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games, is now the Chairman of leading UK Sports Agency Fast Track and was involved in the successful bid for London hosting the 2012 Olympics.

Swimmer Sarah Price is guaranteed the best seat in the house at the Swimming, which takes place at the Isle of Man’s National Sports Centre, as she will be commentating on the event. Sarah, who won gold medals in the 100 metre and 200 metre backstroke events at the Manchester Commonwealth Games, was also the 200 metre backstroke World Record Holder, which she set in winning the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Riesa, Germanyin 2001.

Geoff Karran, MBE, Chairman of the Isle of Man CYG 2011 Organising Committee commented:

“ We are delighted that such an illustrious group of former stars will be visiting the Isle of Man for the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games and we look forward to welcoming them and all the athletes and officials to our Island where we hope to be watching some of the stars of the future making their mark.”

Tickets for the Opening Ceremony and all of the sporting events can be purchased from the Welcome Centre, the Villa Marina or from the NSC reception. Tickets for the Opening Ceremony are £15 and for sporting events range from £6 to £10 with concessions in certain sports for disabled, pensioners and juniors.

Source: http://cyg2011.com

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The 2011 Isle of Man Commonwealth Youth Games will be streamed live worldwide on the BBC’s Isle of Man website. The event, which will be filmed by Greenlight Television, will be staged in the Isle of Man’s National Sports Stadium, on Thursday 8th September from 7.15pm local time.

The ceremony, which has been produced by acclaimed national outdoor performance specialists ‘Walk The Plank’, (http://www.walktheplank.co.uk) will feature over 225 dancers, musicians and actors as they pay tribute to the Isle of Man’s heritage, and welcome guests from all over the world. The ceremony will blend the best of Manx culture with references to five continents from which the Commonwealth athletes come, and will draw together young people, children and adults from all over the island.

The performance will open with a welcome from ‘Mannanan’, the Manx Sea god. It will then move through time and evoke the spirit of the Manx Faeries and Mannanan’s Cloak, the mythical protector of the Island.

Historical references including the Viking invasions and the rise of Christianity will be depicted in the ceremony before it moves to more modern themes and the emergence of the ‘Spirit of Youth’, with gymnasts and parkour specialists demonstrating their skills.

The performance then develops an international flavour with costumed dancers presenting dance and music inspired by the five continents and a ‘Carnival of the Commonwealth’ before the show reaches a climax with the ‘We are the World’ finale featuring all of the performers, and some spectacular special effects.

Geoff Karran, MBE, Chairman of the Isle of Man CYG 2011 Organising Committee commented:

“The Isle of Man has an incredibly rich heritage and the opening ceremony is an excellent way for us to tell our story. I’m delighted that the BBC will be showing the opening ceremony live via the internet and I’m sure that many people will be logging on to watch around the world.”

Tickets for the Opening Ceremony and all of the sporting events can be purchased from the Welcome Centre, the Villa Marina or from the NSC reception. Tickets for the Opening Ceremony are £15 and for sporting events range from £6 to £10 with concessions in certain sports for disabled, pensioners and juniors.

Source: http://cyg2011.com

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August 25 - The tiny Island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean are the first team to begin their journey to the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man as they set off on their long voyage.

St Helena is unique in the Commonwealth Games as they are the only nation without an airport and therefore they have had to make epic travel arrangements in order to attend the event.

The team, which consists of four athletes and two officials, are travelling some 1,200 miles south to Cape Town in South Africa by ship before they can begin their near 12-hour flight north to the UK.

They will the travel by coach and ferry before they reach their destination in the Isle of Man.

As well as having no airport, St Helena is serviced by only one ship so the team must be away from their island home for more than five weeks in order to attend the Games in the Isle of Man.

"This is a fantastic effort by the young athletes", said Eric Benjamin, who is the chair of the National Amateur Sports Association of St Helena.

"Some of them have not left their island home previously except to visit the smaller sister Island of Ascension some 700 miles away.

"One of the athletes has never left the island at all.

"But distance and time is not going to thwart the courageous ambition of these young people to arrive in the Isle of Man on time for the Opening Ceremony of the Games.

"The St Helena team members are all looking forward to a great time at the Games.

"The island wishes them success at the Games and will welcome them on their return to St Helena on 22nd September."

The St Helena team consists of 15-year-old Jessica Sim, 17-year-old Sarafina Yon, 17-year-old Tyrel Ellick and 17-year-old Myles Henry, while the two officials supporting them are Jeremy Roberts and Wendy Benjamin.

The Isle of Man 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games will see athletes aged between 13 and 18-years-old gets underway with the competition due to take place from September 7 to 13.

The event will be one of the most prestigious ever to be hosted on the island, with a total of 69 Commonwealth nations set to attend.

Approximately 1,000 young athletes will be competing in the seven sporting events of athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, rugby sevens and swimming, while the newly refurbished Bowl Stadium in Douglas will host the Opening Ceremony for what will be the fourth Commonwealth Youth Games.

Tickets for the Opening Ceremony and the seven sporting events are now on sale, with prices ranging from £6 ($10/€7) to £15 ($24/€11).

The cycling events, on the other hand, are free to spectators and set to be well attended due to the popularity of Manx racing cyclist Mark Cavendish, who won gold at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games in the scratch race and is now the world's top sprinter.

More than 600 volunteers from the island have signed up to help with the Games and they will act as ambassadors for the island as well as assisting visitors with all the necessary information required.

Source: www.insidethegames.biz

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altIn conjunction with the International Rugby Board, the organising committee for the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games(CYG) has announced the pool draws for the Rugby 7s competition, which will take place over two days with late afternoon/evening sessions on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 of September.
Trinidad and Tobago has been drawn in Pool B against some tough opposition. The junior Calypso Warriors will face South Africa, England, and Sri Lanka. Australia, Canada and Youth Games hosts the Isle of Man  will battle for the medal places in Pool A.
 Speaking about the draw, T&T  CYG rugby 7s  team manager Rudolph Jack said: “In an eight team draw at this level there will be no place to hide. To play South Africa and England, two of the biggest names in world rugby will be quite an experience for my players. Sri Lanka, from what I have read cannot be taken lightly. I’m confident in the squad of players going to Isle of Man, and I know we’ll give a good account of ourselves during the competition. The main thing for me is that the boys enjoy and learn something from the competition which will serve them well in the future.”
 
The venue for the Rugby 7s events will be the National Sports Centre (NSC), based approximately 1.5 miles (2.4km) from the Games Village on Douglas Promenade .
Matches at the newly refurbished 3,000 seat floodlit stadium at The National Sports Centre will be played on a 3G synthetic pitch fully approved by the IRB (Regulation 22).
The Commonwealth Youth Games is for young athletes aged between 16 and 18 years.

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