7 Sep 2015

Sport: Comm Youth Games in full swing in Apia

12:00 pm on 7 September 2015

Competition is underway in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia.

The men's and women's lawn bowls singles was the first sport to begin at the Tuana'imato Sports Facility.

Six more sports start today: swimming, athletics, boxing, squash, tennis and weightlifting.

The Games Planning and Delivery Advisor, Moira Lassen, says everyone is excited to finally begin.

"It's hard to sit around and wait for competition for any athlete - and coach - so now that they're on the way I think they're really happy. It will be over as soon as you know it so I think they just have to appreciate the experience of being in Samoa right now".

Moira Lassen says transport and catering are often major problems at multi-sport events but so far they've had no problems.

The first medal will be awarded in athletics this morning, with a total of 107 Gold Medals up for grabs over the next five days.

Nine hundred and four athletes representing the 66 competing nations were welcomed at Saturday's opening ceremony at Apia Park.