Commonwealth Youth Games
Up to 1000 young Commonwealth athletes aged 14-18 will represent their country and compete for 107 Gold Medals in 9 sports over 5 days at the Vth Commonwealth Youth Games, taking place on the Pacific island nation of Samoa from 5-11 September 2015.
The Commonwealth Youth Games are for some - like Kirani James (Athletics), Beth Tweddle (Gymnastics), Chad le Clos (Aquatics) and Caster Semenya (Athletics) - the springboard to future Commonwealth Games glory; for many, a formative first taste of an international multi-sport competition; and for all, a joyous celebration of high-performance sport, personal development and new Commonwealth friendships made on the level playing field of sport.
The action takes place in the nation's capital, Apia, across two sporting complexes that will play host to Aquatics (Swimming), Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rugby Sevens, Squash, Tennis and Weightlifting.
Like the Commonwealth Games, all athletes stay in athletes' village-style accommodation and events comply with the relevant sporting federation's technical rules and regulations, giving many competitors their first taste of an international multi-sport Games. World anti-doping standards also apply. Off the field of play, the Youth Games nurtures new sporting global citizens by focusing on friendship, integrity and cross-Commonwealth inter-cultural exchange - learning and living the Commonwealth Games Federation's values of Humanity, Equality, Destiny.
The host nation, Samoa, which means Sacred (Sa') Centre (Moa) of the Universe, is a small, tropical island nation in the Central Pacific with a young population of c187,000, over half of whom are 25 and under. The Chairman of the Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, is also the nation's Prime Minister.
Launched in 2000 and now in its 5th edition, the Youth Games are a sustainable opportunity for smaller cities and nations to benefit from hosting a major sporting event, using predominantly pre-existing venues (in Samoa's case constructed for the 2007 Pacific Games) whilst also provmoting an inclusive and positive youth agenda.
With 50% of Commonwealth citizens aged 25 and under, the Youth Games play a vital part in the Commonwealth Games Federation's vision to inspire Commonwealth athletes to drive the ambition and power of all Commonwealth citizens through sport.