Canadians kick up their heels at Commonwealth Games welcoming ceremony
GOLD COAST, Australia — A beach party broke out Monday as the Maple Leaf was raised at the athletes villages at the Commonwealth Games.
The welcoming ceremony for the Canadian team started with the four-man Mununjali aboriginal dance troupe, whose performance told the history of the Gold Coast. Then there were a few pithy welcoming speeches, a Canadian athlete was daubed with ochre — an earthy clay pigment — on the back of his hand as a token of respect and the Canadian flag was hoisted to the sounds of "O Canada."
"It was wonderful to watch the Canadian flag rise," Canadian chef de mission Claire Carver-Dias told the watching athletes and officials. "We hope to see that flag rising more than 100 times at these games."