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Commonwealth Games - Melbourne 2006 -

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(generated from captions) captain of this rowdy bunch

desperate to get on TV. They are

telling everyone "Look at me", what

an amazing achievement to be

announced as flagbearer, how did

you feel when it was announced? I

am overwhelmed. We have a great

team of athletes, I thought Adam

Pine would get it. Your husband is

Matt White, a champion cyclist

living in Europe. What was his

reaction. He was proud and said

"You get everything you deserve", "You get everything you deserve",

it's a pity he couldn't be here. I

spoke to him on the phone. He's

training, but he's proud for me. It swings in roundabouts, everyone

thinks about 2000, the red card and

how desperately close you were to

winning the gold medal. How does

this compare in terms of making up

for that. It's difficult to compare

when you compete you train hard and

you never think of carrying the

flag, it's a huge honour, and never

in my dreams of doing it because we

have great athletes, it's a huge

bonus, I'll cherish it forever.

It's a home Commonwealth Games here

in Australia and the crowd is going

to be behind you, what's it like? I

remember what Sydney is like, I

know Melburnians love their sport.

I had a practice, it's the first

time in the MCG for me, it's

daunting, 90,000 people it's

amazing, the Aussies are psyched.

We know your walking style will be

perfect. She promised me she

hasn't got the Aussie team to do

the formation walking. It's

sensational. Back you to you. What

a great night for Jane and all of

us. We'll take a break and come

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Welcome back, everybody, to the

Melbourne Cricket Ground for the

opening ceremony tonight. Of the

18th Commonwealth Games. The moment

has come and it is a spectacular

permance we're going to see tonight.

We saw the preview the other night,

and I guess the $50 million they

talk of having spent on this

opening ceremony and closing one

has been well spent. They had to go

better than last one, and they in

fact believe they've done better

than the Sydney Games. They're

doing things they've never done

before, and that is spilling out

onto the Yarra River, into the city.

There are 17 cameras out there to

capture what's going on, and of

course all the cameras that are --

cameras all around the inside here.

And a couple of helicopters. And

80,000 people here. You do feel the

expectation here. They know this is

a great night and they're about to

be taken on this wonderful journey.

What's in store? I don't blame

anybody at the minute for feeling

goose-bumped as I said I was

earlier. It is an

Electraifyingatsmous fear. We've

got 80,000 people, the Melbourne

Symphony Orchestra, the Australian

ballet, about 5,000 performers come

out here. Flying trams - what more

do we want? Well, wait and see. We

are waiting. The big countdown -

watch this for a beginning, folks.

Sit back at home and enjoy. MUSIC PLAYS CHEERING

Number 18 is Melbourne. The

Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Here we are at Yarra River. These

are the boats - 18 of them carrying

flags from the 18th Commonwealth

Games host cities. We call this the

city of parks, but tonight it's the

city of lights. She looks as pretty

as a picture. That's just the

quintessential Australian icon,

isn't it, the surf boat. You

normally see it up the Yarra River,

of course, but anything goes on an

opening night like this. As I say,

we'll take crown you on a fantasy

journey and you're with us tonight.

It's a great opportunity for people

inside and out to see what's going

on and to have an experience that -

it is a once-in-a-lifetime

experience for many people. We'll

let you enjoy it for the moment.

There are 1.5 billion people we

estimate watching the telecast

tonight, and they're seeing

Melbourne on display.

We probably do need to say that

there are 32 - fist - each side has

a different fish with the water

sprays. They cover the 71 countries

in the Commonwealth. They've got a

different fish for every country

that's represented hereby. The

Australian fish, believe it or not,

is an eel. That's pretty much what

the indigenous people used to eat

out of the Yarra River at this time

of the year, so we've got it here.

name it. We've got sharks and whales and you

It's like a giant safo, isn't it,

the MCG has never looked so

beautiful. It's just coming to life.

And here it comes...

What could be more iconic that a

tram in Melbourne? The famous

'W'-class tram.

I think 80,000 people have got a

digital camera here, Liz. Look at

all the lights. It's not often you

see a tram with wings taking a

landing position at the MCG.

And it's landed right in the

Melbourne. APPLAUSE central business district of

We're told the concept here was

following a painting of John Bracks

called 'Connor Street at 5:00pm',

and Melbourne and Victoria spills

out of the tram.

These are the citizens of Melbourne

welcoming the world to Melbourne.

This is supposed to be conservative

city, but certainly the colourful

clothes they've got in -- on is

meant to indicate something very

creative and lively about the city.


The start of our 5,000 cast. No-one

comes back a second time. They done

do it once and move on. ANNOUNCER:

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to

the city of Melbourne and the 18th Commonwealth Games.

ANNOUNCER: As part of Commonwealth

Games tradition, we will now raise

three flags . The flags of

Australia as the host of Melbourne

2006 - England, the host of

Manchester 2002, and India, the

host of the 19th Commonwealth Games

from now. to be staged in Delhi four years



Ladies and gentlemen, to host Ladies and gentlemen, to host formal proceedings tonight, please

welcome Mr Ronald Walker, chairman

of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth

Games Corporation. The honourable

Michael Fennell, president of the

Commonwealth Games Federation. His

royal highness, the Prince Edward ,

vice-patron of the Commonwealth

Games Federation. The honourable

Steve Bracks, Premier of Victoria.

And the honourable John Howard,

Prime Minister of Australia. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen,

please welcome Her Majesty the

Queen, head of the Commonwealth,

accompanied by his royal highness

the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh

in the rollsRois. They've been here

to Melbourne and up to Sydney to

greet people and of course in

Canberra last night, down here for

this opening. It's been a long time

between drinks, but the Queen has

been to the MCG a couple of times

before - in 1954 and then 1970. I before - in 1954 and then 1970. I

know we keep talking about the fact

that it's her birthday next month

in late April , and she's 80. She

doesn't look very different, I must

say. I'm sure she feels different,

but she doesn't look very different

to what she looked the last time

and the time before. I'm sure she

would tell us she feels a little

older. I just saw the rug come off. APPLAUSE

She had a chat with her son there. ANNOUNCER:

Ladies and gentlemen, please stand

for the Australian national anthem. 'ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR' # Australians all let us rejoice for we are young and free # We've golden soil and wealth for toil # Our home is girt by sea # Our land abounds in nature's gifts of beauty rich and rare # In history's page, let every stage # In joyful strains then let us sing, Advance Australia Fair. # Beneath our radiant Southern Cross, # We'll toil with hearts and hands # To make this Commonwealth of ours renowned of all the lands # For those who've come across the seas # We've boundless plains to share # With courage let us all combine to Advance Australia Fair. # In joyful strains then let us sing, Advance Australia Fair.

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Welcome back to Melbourne. There

you go - someone said today in one

of the paper articles the city

looked like a chest full of jewels.

That's what it looks like now with

all those lights. There was a time

when it was all staged - you

couldn't do it anymore. There are

the surf boats, which are carrying

flags - 18 Victorian sportswoman flags - 18 Victorian sportswoman

are bearing the flags for the

Commonwealth Games host cities, and

they're headed towards the stadium.

You mentioned earlier this is the

first Games ceremony that ever left the stadium. There are probably another

80,000-100,000 people along the

Yarra River - it runs through the

city but runs about 250km. This is

about a 5km stretch that the boats

are performing on and all the fish are tonight.

It's a city that has come a long

way since the days of John Bradman.

It was built on gold, of course,

and it will be built on gold from

tomorrow when Australia starts

winning the gold, as we expect they shall.

I might mention here, Liz, we may

not get another chance, but the

people of Melbourne and all the

visitors here - there will be a

special exhibition opening at the

Melbourne Museum this Saturday highlighting the spirit of the

Games. It will feature many of the

objects and props that are used in

tonight's opening ceremony all

around the city. The exhibition

runs until July 23. I guess boats

and pyrotechnics and... You name it,

it will all be there. You name it,

it will all be there. CHEERING

ANNOUNCER: The duck will come into

your life. When you are at the peak

of your great powers and your

achievement towers like a smoking

chimney stack, there will be a

quack. And right there at your feet,

a little duck will stand. She will

take you by the hand and knead you

like a child with no defence, she

will knead you into wisdom, joy and innocence.

Lead me into wisdom, joy and innocence.

That was the voice of Michael Lunig

you heard - one of Australia's

best-known cartoonist and poets. He

was reciting the duck poem - the

inspiration for what we're about to

experience, in that the journey

within and inside the wonderful

imagination of a young boy, as he

and his friend the duck meander

through Melbourne. I think what you

need to do is suspend all your

adult thoughts and embrace the

child within. As we do with ET and

Alice in 1 wonderland, let's for

the moment have a little fantasy.

That's what the boy does with his friend.

A bit of magic, Liz. Come fly with

me. And he does it on a skateboard.

Shawn Witford is the boy's name.

They auditioned hundreds of boys

for this wonderful free-falling

exercise that he has. We won't tell

you anymore about him, just that

he's 12, nothing more.

Now, this is his cubby. It's not

unlike the Victorian art centre's spire.

And he's in a spot of bother. He

needs someone to rescue him, I think, Liz.

Koalas on ladders, koalas on kites.

What could be next?! Wouldn't be a

koala on a thong, would it?

friend. They're all trying to rescue our

They've been sucking too many gum

leaves. I'm sure I saw a thong.

I think that was a thunder clap or

lightning. It's highly symbolical

of the notorious Melbourne weather.

It's a beautiful night. Four

seasons in one day, they say, but

no sign of rain tonight.

It's a bit like Alice and Wonder

land, he goes into a void to

continue his journey. APPLAUSE

It's welcoming the country.

Welcoming the traditional people

of this part of Melbourne.

They were river people, which is

why we saw the fish, the eels and

all the other things. These people

lived by the river, and on the

river. This is a song of welcome

that's being sung. Let me give you

a rough translation, as we are told.

They are singing bring peace and

love to the ancient land. Speak to

the ancestral spirit. Accept the

leaf from the gum tree and you will

be welcome to the Wurunjeri land.

The young woman in the bark canoe

is delivering the globe or the orb

or the wisdom that she's passing on

to the boy. She's welcoming and

telling him to go in peace.

She is from the Wurunjeri tribe. MUSIC

The circle of mainly women out in

the middle are Wurunjeri elders.

These are the presenters, these are

the official owners of this land.

Their wearing the possum skin cloak

which is quite a unique piece of

clothing. Traditionally it would

have kept these people warm in the

ancient times of Melbourne. You

can't kill possum in Australia, so

we had to get the possum from New

Zealand. Inside the skins, that

coat, are patterns telling the

story of their land.

As the elders move around the

centrepiece, 200 members of the

nation, the various lands across

Victoria and Australia come out to

welcome our boy, and just to

welcome all of them.

They carry with them the globes or

the orbs, and we are told by the

Wurunjeri people that this is meant

to signify passing the knowledge on to the boy. APPLAUSE CHEERING

The boy is Shawn Whitford, a

12-year-old from Victoria.

Now the Milky Way or the Southern

land. Cross. It envel opens our beautiful


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# Under the Milky Way tonight

Magically, just like the magic

fairy dust that went down , the

live duck has returned with the

little boy. We are told by the

organisers, "Don't worry about the

duck, it will go safely back to its

farm tonight, after its live

performance here ." 'Under the Mill

Ki Way' performed by the Church.

Our next music for an hour or so

will be the Cat Empire, and joining

me is Nicole Livingstone, 6-times

gold medallist. Does the hair on

the back of your neck go back when

the athletes are about to come in.

The hair on the back of my neck has

been standing up for the last 3

hours, being in the Rod Laver Arena

with the athletes. It's one of the

best I've been a part of. We were

asemled in a warm-up track out the

back. It's like being at a Boxing

Day Test. The beach ball was not

confiscated. It was amazing. The

officials come out for the ceremony

of the arrival of the athletes.

They'll be led out by England this

time. It was Manchester where the

last games were, and the current

Games in Melbourne, so Australia

will be last. Host of the last

Commonwealth Games in 2002 -

England. The march-out ceremony

with a difference, where we are not

marching out alphabeticly, but

marching out in areas, zones. The

first one is Europe, obviously,

with England leading it out. 350

athletes there, and about 17

officials. They are ready to pounce

in swimming and cycling, they tell

us. They are. There's a big rivalry

between Australia and the nations

of the GB in cycling. The

flagbearer is Tony Ali. He's

represented England in the 3 metre

springboard and diving at the '96

Olympics and 2000 Olympic Games,

winning gold in the '99 European

championships. He competed at the

2001 World Championships. It's a

big team. They were the first to

arrive at the Rod Laver Arena,

England. England, Canada, Australia,

New Zealand, and I guess South

Africa is a great threat, aren't

they. Cyprus is second up. The flag

carried by an artistic gymnast.

It's his fourth consecutive

Commonwealth Games. He's the

reigning champion on the rings, I

believe. In Manchester, that was.

They've only one won gold medal in

gymnastics, Cyprus. Gibraltar. 21

athletes in their team. The sad

news is no country has been to so

many games without winning a medal.

Let's hope they can do it this time.

Maybe their fortunes will change.

The 2006 six team includes

athletics, cycling, shooting and

swimming. Guernsey, that's the nice

thing about the friendly games,

there's 71 cunt ris involved.

Guernsey followed by the Isle of

Man, a handful of athletes in these

cases, but they get to compete.

Guernsey 27 competitors, Isle of

Man, not a big team, but they have

the reigning world champion cyclist

in their team Mark. The Isle of Man

is led by a hotelier, it's his six

Commonwealth Games, and he runs a

pub. As we look at Gersi, the

members are wearing black ribbons

and armbands, a sign of respect to

one of their team members that

passed away three weeks ago. The

cycling team manager, he was 45.

They are performing here for him as

well. The red and white colours of

St George. It's in the corner of

their flag. From Malta. 14 of the

athletes live in Australia, Maltese

Australians, and they qualify to

compete for Malta. 33 competitors,

it's their biggest ever contingent,

swimming, cycling, squash, a big

reception for Northern Ireland.

They are not a Commonwealth nation,

so we get a big team of 65 athletes.

Louise Aiken has arrived from

Belfast. Australia has never been

lucky with the Irish, they've had

four coming up but never won a

gold. Maybe Melbourne will be lucky.

Scotland comes out now. I asked

them while they were over in the

holding area about the tartan, obviously there's a Livingstone

family tartan in Scotland. That is

a Commonwealth Games tartan, they

produce a Commonwealth Games tartan

every four years, it's an

individual tartan. They are led by

Ian Mars don, he's a scoot sheeter,

his sixth Commonwealth Games. He

won gold before a comeback. They

had a two year search for a bone

marrow donor, footballers and lots

of people in his area volunteered

so he's back. They have lots of

gold medal chances. In swimming and

cycling, and the kilo. A big

contingent from Wales. One of the

biggest teams. Davies, we should

mention is the favourite to win the

1,500 metres in the pool. Since

1958 in Cardiff, where Conrad won

the 1,500 title. We won it for the

first time on the big run in '58 in

Cardiff and in Melbourne it looks

as though David Davis will take it

out. Craig Stevens won't go down

without a fight. We'll have a

fingers crossed for Craig Stevens,

that's our personal property. We've

had it for 50 years. They have

great athletes, Wales, Nicole Cooke

defending the cycling road race

title. Our girls may have something

to say about that. You mentioned

earlier that we are not going in

earlier that we are not going in

alphabetical order. We'll take a

few moments to visit the Yarra

River. We make our way to the

beautiful Yarra, the jewel in Melbourne's escape.

This begins the AFL section. It

hasn't been a very well-kept secret

that the 16 AFL team captains are

involved with the Queen's Baton as

it makes its way down the yaha. It is approaching the MCG.

Moving our

way into the African Commonwealth

nations now. Botswana is the first.

Just a team of 30 competitors, in

four sports, athletics, lawn Bowles,

boxing and gymnastics. It's great

to see the African Commonwealth

nations arriving in the holding

area of the athletes. They came in

dancing and singing, it created

such an amazing atmosphere. They

are on the medal tally in the past

Commonwealth Games. They won two

silvers, and three bronze.

Yes, indeed, in West Africa the

Republic of Cameroon. An

interesting story, 24 hours ago the

contingent of 32 were without team

uniforms, including the tracksuits.

The ones you see them wearing, it's

a story you'll see by Chris Jones,

Channel 9 was able to organise a

Nike kit for each team member in Nike kit for each team member in

time for tonight. All the countries, time for tonight. All the countries,

71 countries, have been adopted by

a city or a suburb in Victoria, in

Melbourne or Victoria, and it's

been their job to help them out,

which is a fantastic idea. They've

given bikes, rifles, un forms, all

kinds of support. Lots of support.

Gambia was the next nation,

followed by Ghana. Ghana's outfits

look fantastic, a sea of colour out

there. They've been competing

since 1954 at the Commonwealth

Games. They'll compete in five

sports here, athletics, badminton,

boxing, weightlifting. One of their

boxers beat Jeff Fenech. A mighty

nation, a powerhouse in sport, 100 athletes, for the Kenyans.

At the moment it Benjamin Lehmo,

and Craig Mottram will take him on

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We instinctively desired red meat for its nutrients - provided us with vitality and wellbeing. Lean red meat three or four times a week Yes, South Africa - another

powerhouse and getting stronger and

stronger, Nicole, in the

Commonwealth and Olympic Games -

200-strong team and an emerging

power. They'll be very strong in

sports like swimming, netball,

Rugby 7s. They were very vocal in

the holding area as well. The

sprinters, of course, saying they

will surf in on the cricketers'

victory on South Africa on Sunday

night, of course. We'll wait to see

- the Australians will have to say - the Australians will have to say

something about that. Very colourful again coming in.

Mauritius - 45 athletes.

Namibia and Nigerian, another

powerhouse. 138 million people in

Nigeria, and they come with a

contingent of 100 athletes. Only 18 athletes.

The wonderful colour, Nicole.

Seairy leown - 35 athletes - very

strong in boxing. Cash-strapped

again - they came without

tracksuits and running shoes, and

the Melbourne community gave them in the friendly Games.

Led by their bowls queen, Elizabeth

James, who won a gold medal in the

2004 royal Games.

Now the United Republic of Tanzania.

They will compete in athletics, They will compete in athletics,

boxing and elite athletes with a

disability powerlifting. Uganda -

their pellag-bearer is Irene Ajambo,

one of the best female athletes

competing in many international

competitions in the 800m on the

track. Won a silver medallingal in

Nigeria in the all-African Games

last season. The fly wgt boxer who

won gold in Manchester leading out

his 23 athletes. ANNOUNCER: Ladies

and gentlemen, down the river, the

Queen's baton is being handed to

Barry Hall of the Sydney Swans. They're certainly rocking through

this, Nicole. They are. The first

of the 16 Aussie rules captains.

Barry Hall. The Sydney Swans have

got three captains this year, so I

don't know if they tossed a coin or

played paper, rocks, scissors, but

Barry Hall got got the nod for the

Sydney Swans - 2005 premiership

captain. ANNOUNCER: Ladies and

gentlemen, please welcome our guests from Asia.

Bangladesh leads the Asian

countries in. One of the largest

countries in the world - 144

million people. Only 21 athletes million people. Only 21 athletes and 18 officials.

Their flag bearser competing in the

air rifle - this is his fourth

Commonwealth Games.

They'll compete in shooting,

athlete all theics, table tennis

and weight-lifting here. The

Americanarchy of Brunei - they've

got six competitors. In bowls, boxing, shooting, ...

Our own Australian, Russell Mark,

has coachs the Prince of Brunei in

the lead-up to the Commonwealth

Games. The host of the Commonwealth

Games in four years time in 2010 in

Delhi is India. Interesting

flag-bearer, too. He was a

lieutenant -- lieutenant colonel

who led counterinsurgency raids in

Kashmir. He has also been trained

by Aussie great Russell Mark. He

calls him one of the coolest, most

dedicated shooters he's ever seen.

I suppose in counter-terrorism, you

are. So much so, his nickname is

'Chilly', as in chilled. He's

obviously a fine athlete. A

contingent of 265 from the contingent of 265 from the second-largest population country

in the world. Their outfits are

just beautiful. We saw the -- the

English team come out in just

tracksuits - compare them to the

Indian team, who just looked

glorious. I guess the badminton

favourites in these Games, Malaysia

- 160 athletes. They're led by a

veteran road cyclist. Px -- The

Malaysian sportsman of the year in

1999. He's won 13 gold medals in

the south-east Asian Games. Again,

wonderfully colourful, the colours

there. They do make us look kind of

dowdy - I hate to say that. Wait

till you see the Aussie team come

out. They're targeting Malaysia -

10 gold medals - 1 in badminton, 1

in shooting. The Maldives in the

northern Indian Ocean - 110 islands

make up the Maldives. They're led

by a table tennis champion. Started

their first appearance at the

Commonwealth Games in 1986 in

Edinburgh, sending 13 competitors

to Manchester. Now, 5 competitors

here in Melbourne. Mack stan - 159

million people, the second-biggest

population in the Commonwealth. 72

athletes, led by one of their

weight-lifters. Weight-lifters and shooters are very prominent

carrying the flag today. Obviously

the track and field athletes first,

but weight-lifters and shooters are

second. Urfan is carrying the flag

for the Pakistan. Singapore - Small

team marching here, and in fact a

small team here - 63 competitors in

7 sports. But dominant in the table

tennis nations. They're listed

pretty much... They've actually got

- we'll get to the it in the

Pacific islands - they have the

youngest competitor in table tennis,

a 12-year-old. We'll get to that

soon. ANNOUNCER: In 19 38, they

attended their first Commonwealth

Games here in Australia, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka - first Games was Sydney

in 1938. They've qualified in Rugby

7s and netball. Big team there -

112 athletes. A country with about

the population of Australia but the

size of Tassie. Kingston City

Council is their adopted second

team, which is the council that I

grew up in, here in Victoria. Again,

it's such a lauv allly idea for a

council or town or city to adopt

our friends from overseas to make

sure they're comfortable and that

they've got all they need.

Still going strong, Cat Empire with

the music. Mark Ricciuto now has

the Queen's baton - 2003 Brownlow

Medallist. It was passed from

Steven King from Geelong football

club, their best and fairest winner

two times. And Mark Ricciuto will

make his way towards Chris Judd.

He's only been captain of the West

Coast team for three weeks -

replaced Ben Cousins. Doesn't it

look glorious? The city of Melbourne... ANNOUNCER:

Joining us tonight all the way from

the Americaas, Belize. The

central-American country between

Mexico and Guatemala. Emma Waid is

their flag-bearer. She's

participated in the Olympic Games

twice and goes to school in America,

NCAA all-American finalist.

Self-governing British dependency

of Bermuda, off the coast of North

Carolina in the Atlantic Ocean,

best known for financial services

or tax, and tourism. And a triangle.

Nick Saunders won their only gold

medal in the Commonwealth Games in

the men's high jump in 1990. Canada

looking sensational - got the maple

leaf on their shoes. Maple leaf on

their flag and on their shoes.

Australia's old rivals in swimming

and athletics and just about

everything. Good friends and old

rivals. A 300-strong team for


-- Chantalle Petitclerke carrying

the flag - she is Canada's most

decorated Paralympian - she won

five gold medals at the Athens

Paralympic Games , a record. Cat

Empire are playing through the hour

for the athletes. They composed

this music and they change the

beat and rhythm and the style

according to the Caribbean or

according to the countries. Just to

mention in Canada, too, there's

lots of, I guess, marks that people

tend to try to hit - 400 gold

medals they're trying to hit here

in Melbourne. 3,000 people in the

south Atlantic. 50-year-old Gary

Clemens carrying their flag. Ramsford

Goodluck the 4-times Caribbean

shooting competitor. And they have

the defending champion in the 400m. And boxers.

There's only four competitors from

St Helena, which is where Napoleon

was exileed for six years. They

took 9 days to get here via mail

ship from England. Then they flew

across from England to Australia.

They've got to leave earl tee catch

the mail shoot back. Are you

serious? Absolutely. What a great

story. Carrying the flag is a

16-year-old shooter. He had to

borrow a rifle when he came to

Australia. He's a left-handed

shooter, got a left-handed rifle. I

love it. They haven't won a medal

at the Commonwealth Games yet.

Lovely stuff for the friendly games

- it wouldn't happen anywhere else.

We've got a marathon runner and

about 30km of roads in St Helena. Doing lots of laps.

As we move our way from Hawthorn ,

their captain giving it to Michael


Of course, a premiership player,

captain with Brisbane.Ish 3-time

premiership player.

Coming towards the end of this

journey - 180,000km it's done

around the world in the last year

to 71 countries. It makes its way up the Yarra.

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Adelaide supporters out there - I

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Welcome back to the athletes from

the Caribbean. The parade of

athletes at the Commonwealth Games.

She's chasing a third 400m title.

Barbados and into the British

Virgin Islands. Cayman Islands

there too. Dominica next. We felt

we should give you a look at the

colour of these islands into Grenada.

Jamaica - one of the powerhouses

with 92 athletes. They have the

fastest man in the world. Filled

with stars, aren't they, Jamaica?

Veronica Campbell in the 200m. The

smallest contingent, I think, in

Manchester, and also here. Just a

team of three athletes.

Four athletes, including the gold

medallist in the 100m.

The team will participate here in

swimming and athletics, and Lavern

spenceser carrying the flag - 2001

bronze medallist at the world

junior championships in the current

Caribbean and central-American record-holder.

We don't mean to rush - but they

are actually going very fast. They

are. This is my fourth Games and

I've never seen them rocket through

the teams as quickly as this one. I

think it's important too. Don't

forget the other athletes are

already standing on their legs, -

it's a special experience, but it's

important it doesn't last too long

so the athletes are getting tired

in the biggest muscles in their

body - their legs, which are

important for competition.

They've qualifyed for men's hockey

and also feature in athletics,

badminton, boxing and cycling. Mark

Burns is their flag-bearer. Could

win gold in the 100m, easily. Can't

wait for that.

That's Caribbean. The next group

are the Pacific, the last group. Of

course, Australia will be last to

enter. Get ready for that noise.

96 athletes - no medals but

shooting and athletics. That's the

last of the islands of the

Caribbean. Jumped the gun there -

was going too quick myself. Good

atmosphere - a great experience out there.

We start to be a little bit

familiar with flags with this next

group - some of them. So menvy got

the union jack in the corner, like ours.

Luke Ball from the St Kilda

football club - the sixth-youngest

captain in league history this

season as he takes up the captaincy.

Handing to the Western Bulldogs Handing to the Western Bulldogs

captain Luke Darcy, unfortunately

out for another year - suffered a

problem with his knee that requires

a reconstruction. He's been in the wars.

Steven King from Geelong ...

APPLAUSE Steven King, dual best and

fairest winner for the club. They

did give us an order. I'll go off

my eye rather than the sheet I've got!

Geelong are very -- are a very big

part of Victoria and Melbourne, not

far away from Melbourne these days

with the freeway. And a fantastic

pre-season. Yes, and a fantastic

ground down there. Just finished a ground down there. Just finished a

redevelopment in the last little


I hope our friends overseas realise

just how important the football just how important the football

teams are to life in Australia.

Meanwhile, back at the biggest

stage in the world....

Oceania, the next region.

The Cook Islands, with 32 athletes,

led in tonight by women's discus

champion. Weight-lifting and boxing

and bowls are their specialties.

Fiji - actually sat with a Fijian

table tennis player who was just 17

years of age today at the lunch

they had at the royal exhibition

building for the Queen. He said

he's competing in the singles, the

doubles, the mixed doubles, and

it's the first time that table

tennis has been represented by Fiji

at a Commonwealth Games so, he's

absolutely overjoyed. Led in by a

67-year-old elder statesman of lawn

bowls. Great grandfather - 6 times

of the Commonwealth Games. Six

athletes - Maria tom as

weight-lifter in the 105kg class.

Could win a medal here - very

experienced. They're the first

nation to see the sun every day,

which is why the sun is on their flag. A beautiful flag.

Nauru - Almost on the equator,

again. Part of John Howard's

Pacific solution with some of the

boat people in N

them. Very strong with

weight-lifting. Former Australian weight-lifting. Former Australian

coach Paul Coffer says setled on

the island and he's established a

weight-lifting centre there, and weight-lifting centre there, and

it's encouraged the nation to have

it as their one and only pursuit.

Here come the Kiwis - 183 athletes

from New Zealand. Where do you say

they're strong? They could be

strong at anything - shooting, lawn

bowls, cycling. They reckon they've

got our number in cycling, although

Phil tells me he thinks they'll be

OK. Netball - we've got to avenge

the Ferns, the fantastic netball

team. They lost their goal attack

yesterday with an anterior cruciate

ligament, so they equate that with

the impact of us losing Liz Ellis

last year. Rugby 7s, of course -

they've almost been unbeatable.

Let's not forget triathlon as well

- their flag-bearer won the gold

medal in Athens for triathlon. A

bit like South Africa - they could

bet putt anything -- win anything

if they put their heart to it. Dare

I say as well it would be very

sweet to have New Zealand victories

for the New Zealanders on

Australian soil. Just not too many.

They could be very strong in the

pool. Dean Cant is a great swimmer

for New Zealand. They have a great

backstroker and a couple of good

butterflyers. They could be very

strong in the pool. A big team -

250 athletes. Aiming to win between

40-50 medals. 250 - close to the

second-biggest. Talking about a big

band - 13 people up there with Cat

Empire, who wrote the music for

the teams as they come in. It means

"behold the coconut," and they've

got 34 ath letes No medals at their

one Games appearance in 2002.

Athletics, boxing, lawn bowls,

shooting and weight-lifting will be

the other sports to watch them in.

Norfolk Island - 30 athletes from

there, and maybe some question

marks of whether they would make them, because the Australian

Government is changing some of the

regulations in terms of tax and

other things in Norfolk Island. But

a lot of pride and fame in the

Commonwealth Games. They got into

the spirit nicely. A gentleman I

saw on screen there, Kevin, he is

very passionate about sport. They

had the Queen's baton go through

Norfolk Island. They produced

stamps and a booklet to show their

experience. Papua New Guinea, our

closest neighbour, led by their

track queen, May Koimay.

They'll participate in boxing,

athletics, lawn bowls, squash,

swimming. Ryan Penny is probably

their best-known swimmer from PNG,

and weight-lifting. Samoa, a

medal-winning weight-lifter. They

refer to him as - he's trained

again by Australian champion Paul Coffer.

No gold medals to their medal tally,

though. Eight Games appearances.

Including six as Western Samoa.

Six sports they'll be competing in

here. Athletics, netball, boxing,

lawn bowls and Rugby 7s. They

knocked Australia out of the Rugby

7s in Manchester, which is one of

the shocks of the is century. Maybe they can do it again.

We're coming towards the end of the

parade. Australia last, of course.

Wait for that applause. .

Quite spread out, the nations. They

needed to have someone like Jane

Saville as their flag-bearer to

keep them in line. Solomon Islands

led by a 19-year-old weight-lifter.

She competed in the South pupu cisc

Games in 2003 and won two silver

and a bronze medal. She also

competed in the youth Olympic

championships in Bendigo in 2004.

They'll be competing in four sports

- athletics, boxing, triathlon and

weight-lifting. 21 competitors. The

kingdom of Tonga next - Captain

Cook called them "the friendly

Islands"." Led by their

shot-putters. Shot-putters and

weight-lifters from the Oceania

teams. I guess it's all about the

body type and the sport that their

body is suited to. We're not far

away from Australia. 24 athletes

from Tonga. Lovely to see them.

Including six boxers. Three

athletes, three weight-lifters, and the Rugby 7s team.

Cat Empire is still grooc) ving away.

Tuvalu is next, from the South

Pacific, a tiny little island. A

long way from Melbourne. They are

led by Alan Resture, a university

lecturer, and the flagbearer in

Manchester. His first appearance

was in 1998. No medals so far. Two

competitors in Manchester, eight this time in Melbourne.

The tiny islands of Vanuatu. They

have the youngest competitor,

Joshua, a 12-year-old table tennis

player. He's 150cm, and 50 kilos,

loves Tom and Jerry. He's given up

lots of things, but not Tom and

Jerry. The athlete village is great,

especially the food. He loves the beef sausages.

A wealthy Chinese businessman loves

table tennis, so he paid for the

table tennis team. ANNOUNCER:

Please welcome the last of the

teams into the stadium, the hosts

of the 18th Commonwealth Games - Australia. CHEERING APPLAUSE

Jane Saville leading the way. You

were talking to her earlier. She

almost needs to pick her pace up.

Some of the other girls are trying

to walk past her. What a great

moment for Jane, her sister Natalie

is also in the team, marching with

her tonight. Her husband Matt White

is over in Europe, racing on his

pushbike. This is the biggest side

we've had, 427 athletes. We have so

many chances in so many events. The

Kookaburras are going tore three in

a row. The netball girls are going

for three in a row. Libby Lenton,

can she win 7 gold medals, what a

big ask. Jane Saville our

flagbearer is going for three in a

row in a walk event. My favourite,

the one I'm looking forward to is

the 1500m. Craig with his brother

Neil, who is in the basketball side.

We have brothers and wives and

husbands. We have one athlete in

diving, our youngest athlete,

Melissa Woo, but her synchro partner Alex cross-examine

completed in gymnastics at the last

Commonwealth Games, winning a gold

and has made a smooth transition

into diving, since '03, and is now

representing Australia. Two

consecutive sports in two

consecutive games. In the Hockey,

of course, the men's and women's

sides in triathlon, Emma Snowsill

and Annabelle Luxford, No.1 and two

in the world, they are almost

unbackable favourites. John Howard

and Janet waving to the Aussie team.

There's some great chances in all

of the sports, gymnastics, Philip

Rizzo, winning three gold at the

last games. Their uniforms look

fantastic. Let's not forget the

Opals, we saw them there, women's

and men's basketball added to the

sports list for 2006. Lauren

Jackson is out there as well. There

she is. I told her she aksesorised

nicely with the bandanna before

coming in. Lauren is towers above almost everybody. Fantastic. CHEERING

Sonya Sullivan, we should mention,

36-year-old in the 5,000m. She has

dual nationality. She can run for

Australia this time. But will run

for Ireland later in the year.

She's married to Nic Bideau, who

coaches, Benita Johnson and Craig

Mottram. Cycling and gymnastics, weightlifting.

ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen,

these are the finest athletes in

the Commonwealth, the talented

sportsmen and women from 71 nations

and territories, who have worked so

hard in order to compete over the

next 11 days. Please welcome them

all to Melbourne one more time. CHEERING

You'd have to give the Aussie team

close to the vote for best dressed.

They look beautiful, almost a heritage uniform, isn't it.

The journey to the games is almost

over. Melbourne's David Neitz

presents the Queen's Baton... We

can't miss this one, from the

Melbourne football club, David

Neitz, the oldest AFL club, captain

of the Melbourne football club. To

Ron Barassi, not the oldest player

alive, but one of the greatest, alive, but one of the greatest,

played for Melbourne and Carlton,

captained four premiership sides. A

legend in the AFL Hall of Fame in

1996. He celebrated a big birthday

recently, turning 70. 70 years

young in his case. Yes.

Sir Ron will then pass it on to the

last four baton relay members. He

walks on water. There you go.

They've said that about Barassi for

a long time, haven't they.

So who are going to be the last

four athletes. It's been a very,

very big secret. I tell you, I've

canvassed as many legends of the

Commonwealth Games, and all of them

said "No, I have nothing to do with

it ." We'll know now. We will.

We'll have some smiles around

Australia with the next four. One Australia with the next four. One

up the stairs. Then there'll be

four inside the stadium.

Ronald Barassi will hand it to the

motorbike police who have taken

such good care of the baton

throughout its journey, right

throughout all the 71 Commonwealth

nations. I wonder if he knew he

would get his feet that wet. I'm

sure they are a bit squijy right

now. He's walked across water, now

he's going to walk up the stairs. CHEERING He

hands it to Herb Elliot. The great

Herb Elliot. Two great champions of

Australian sport, Ron Barassi and

Herb Elliot. Known as the greatest

miler of all time, at 1960 at the

Rome Olympics, he became a real

Australian hero, winning gold in the

1,500. He retired after an amazing

44 consecutive victories, unbeaten

in the world class Cup. He's been

so involved in giving back to sport.

He's been involved with the Olympic

team for many years, mentoring young athletes. The ceremonial flag of the Commonwealth Games federation.

Commonwealth flag being brought in.

James Smith is one of them, as we

work our way through them, Tricia

Broadbridge. Kate Lennon, the Young

Australian of the Year this year

from NSW. Simone McMahon from WA,

22-year-old Young Australian

recipient and Felix Ho from

Tasmania, a medical student.

The Australians still enjoying it down there.

The flag flies for the next 11 days

of competition, and then passed on

to New Kellie, where the next

Commonwealth Games - New Delhi

where the next Commonwealth Games

is going to be held. It's nice to

see youth incorp rated into the

Games, with all of them being young

Australian recipients right around

Australia, in their various states. Igor

is another one, 24 years of age.

He's from Queensland.

An honours graduate in Law, but he

arrived here as a refugee from the

Falklands War and is a recipient of

the Young Australian of the Year, the Young Australian of the Year,

from Queensland. Basketball girls, the opals.

Sharon Sobey is the ACT Young

Australian of the Year. She's 24

years of age. She's the lady

walking with the seeing eye dog,

the dog's name is Lena. And Alice

Chang from the Northern Territory,

the Young Australian recipient from there.

When the flag has finished being

raised, we'll have Adam Pine. He's

a Commonwealth representative in a Commonwealth representative in

swimming. He's a father of two. He

works for the sports commission in


We declare that we will take part We declare that we will take part

in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in

the spirit of true sportsmanship,

recognising the rules which govern them, and the desire of

participating in them. For the

honour of our Commonwealth, and the glory of our sport. ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, please

welcome Harry White, the youth

ambassador for plan Australia.

Harry is a 13-year-old, a big

moment for him. Your majesty,

during the past 54 years of your

reign you've been the glue that's

held us together in the great

Commonwealth of Nations in good

times and bad times. The love and

great afection that we all hold for

you is spread across one-third of

the world's population in our

Commonwealth. In 37 days time you

celebrate your 80th birthday. In

order that we share in your

celebrations, our chairman has invited Dame tira

Te Kawana to sing 'Happy Birthday' to you

# Happy birthday to you

# Happy birthday to you

# Happy birthday your majesty

# Happy birthday to you # God save our gracious Queen

# Long live our noble Queen # God save the Queen APPLAUSE

A bit of a hurdle that we had

leading up to the games, doing it

beautifully. Ladies and gentlemen,

please welcome Michael Fennell, President of the Commonwealth Games federation. Mr

Fennell is from Jamaica, and he's a

businessman. Your majesty, your

royal highnesses. The right

honourable John Howard, Prime

Minister of Australia, the right

honourable Steve Bracks, premier of

Victoria, your exlen sis, the

honourable John McKinnon,

Commonwealth secretary-general.

Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Mr John So. CHEERING

Distinguished guests, athletes of

the Commonwealth, ladies and

gentlemen, in a short while the

18th Commonwealth Games will be

declared open by Her Majesty the

Queen. Thereafter competition will

commence in earnest in 16 sports,

including fully intereg rated events for athletes with disabilityies.

Over the next 11 days, we will

witness the finest athletes from

71 countries and territories of the

Commonwealth competing for glory,

not only in pursuit of medals, but

also to achieve their best in the

true spirit of friendship. It is

our hope that all athletes will

exemplyify the qualities of fair

play, tolerance and respect for all

on and off the field in these

friendly games. Over the past few

years, the Melbourne organising

committee, led by Mr Ronald Walker

has worked tirelessly in preparing

for these Games, and we commend

their efforts and the support they

have received from the Australian

and Victorian governments, and the

many sponsors who have given their support.


We also commend over 15,000

volunteers who have committed their

time and skills to providing

valuable assistance in support of

the Games.

The Queen's Baton will arrive

shortly, bringing the special

message from Her Majesty to the

athletes and the people of the

Commonwealth. On this occasion,

history has been created as the

boton, for the first time, has

travelled to all 71 participating

countries and territories, covering

over 180,000km and receiving an extraordinary reception everywhere.


isted In just a few moments, the

baton will enter the stadium and I

will have the honour and pleasure

of inviting Her Majesty to receive

the baton, read her message and

declare the 18th Commonwealth Games open. APPLAUSE I'm

joined by Liz Hayes, my colleague,

as the last four runners come into

the stadium. We last saw Herb

Elliot. We know who we are seeing next. ANNOUNCER:

Ladies and gentlemen, the Queen's Baton.


Superstar and Australian icon,

Cathy Freeman. She runs like the

wind, doesn't she. The crowd loves

her, and so they should. She won

four Commonwealth gold medals. '98

Australian of the Year.

69-year-old Ron Clarke, lit the

flame in 1956. That was at the

Olympic Games here. These games, I

should say, have more athletes in

the 1956 Olympic games, but it's a

great historical moment to see Ron

Clarke run around with Kathy. He

won three silver medals in

Commonwealth Games. At one stage he

held all the world records between

2 miles and 20km. Now it's going to

- Two-time Olympic gold medallist

and seven-time Commonwealth Games

medallist, Marjorie Jackson-Nelson.

The Lithgow Flash. I know it's not

polite to mention a ladies age, but

74 years old, the governor of SA,

very frisky, alive and beautiful. A

lovely lady. She won seven gold

medals at the '50 and '54

Commonwealth Games, that's a record

that hasn't been broken since by

any track and field athlete. ANNOUNCER:

Australia's sporting hero, John

Landy, governor of Victoria. John

Landy, believe it or not, is 75

years old. One governor handing it

across to another governor. He's

got to climb up the stairs, too,

Liz. He has to run and climb up the

stairs. He used to be able to do it

very well, back in the '50s. He

steps down as the governor of

Victoria shortly. It's magnificent

that he should be here for this

occasion. He was the second person

to break that magic 4 minute mile

after Roger Bannister.

They are great achievements, aren't

they? They are fantastic. Look at

that, that's a fantastic sight. APPLAUSE CHEERING

75 years young, John Landy. If that

doesn't bring a tear to your eye,

nothing will, I think. Of course,

the Queen's message is inside that

baton. It started out a yearing a

at Buckingham Palace, and now here it is, in Melbourne Australia.

Amazing, how do they do that.

Technology, I believe.

One year and one day ago on

Commonwealth day 2005, I placed

this message in this high-tech

baton. It has since been carried

around the Commonwealth on every

continent and across every ocean by

many thousands of voluntary Queen's

Baton Relay runners. I hope that

every one who saw the baton during

its journey recognised it as a

symbol of the unity and diversity

of our Commonwealth of Nations. The

Commonwealth Games are both a

product of our unique organisation,

as well as a tangible example of

the value of this partnership of

peoples. Tonight we celebrate the

value of sport as a means of

bringing together people from 71

nations and territories. And from a

wide range of cult tours traditions

and beliefs. As we look forward to

the next 11 days, I would like to

remind you of the very successful

games at Sydney in 1938. In Perth

in 1962. And in Brisbane in 1982. Together,

they underline the impressive

contribution that Australia has

made to the successful development

of the Commonwealth and to the

encouragement of good sportsmanship and friendliness throughout the

Commonwealth. I am glad to have Commonwealth. I am glad to have

this opportunity to offer my best

wishes to every athlete and

official taking part in these

friendly games. I congratulate

everyone who has worked tirelessly

to organise this great sporting

celebration which I hope will

entertain hundreds of millions of entertain hundreds of m