Swansea 2014: The Opening Ceremony

Swansea 2014 Games Champions

Athletes and volunteers launch the IPC Athletics European Championships.

The Swansea 2014 Opening Ceremony brought together a mix of traditional and modern music to kick-off the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea last night.

Among the performers were Britain’s Got Talent star Shaheen Jafargholi; Welsh singer John Adams; the Mark Jermin Stage School the Swansea Air Cadets; the Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir and the official Swansea 2014 song Good as Gold.

Jon Morgan, chief executive of Disability Sport Wales, spoke after last night's ceremony:

Also at the event was Paul Thorburn, chairman of Swansea 2014 organising committee:

Welsh Government Minister for Natural Resources, Culture and Sport John Griffiths AM officially opened the competition.

IPC President Sir Philip Craven (below) said: Following the amazing success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, it is great to be hosting an event back in Great Britain, a country that has an insatiable appetite for para-sport.

"The depth of talent we have here underlines just how important this event is to all athletes and countries.

"Wales is world famous for its passion for sport and over the coming days every single performance will be cheered like it’s a gold medal winner.

"To deliver an event of this magnitude takes a monumental effort and the passion and teamwork that all partners have displayed since bidding for, and winning, this event has been nothing short of immense.

"As a result I am confident that not only will Swansea 2014 be the biggest, but also the best, IPC Athletics European Championships yet."

The Swansea 2014 Opening Ceremony also featured the presentation and raising of the IPC flag and the official flagbearers selected to present the flag:

  • Molly Hopkins –The youngest Swansea 2014 ambassador
  • John Harris MBE - a former world record holder and Paralympic champion
  • Jack Thomas – Double silver medallist at 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships.
  • Harmony Dumay – a volunteer at Swansea 2014 who also volunteered at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon 2013

The Swearing of the Oath was carried out by Great Britain athlete Josie Pearson, her coach Anthony Hughes and event official Matt Witt.

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