Pacific Island nations unveil Glasgow 2014 flag bearers at GCU

23 July 2014

Patricia Taea was chosen to carry the flag for the Cook Islands

Patricia Taea was chosen to carry the flag for the Cook Islands

Pacific Island nations announced their flag bearers for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) last night (Tuesday, July 22).

Athletes from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu gathered at the campus for an evening of celebration.

The proceedings kicked off with a traditional dance performance from five I-Kiribati (Kiribati nationals), before Commonwealth Games Federation Regional Vice-President for Oceania, Tapasu Lenung Wai, gave the opening address. Mr Lenung Wai thanked the University for hosting the ceremony and told the athletes: “You are not only here to compete and represent your country, but to inspire others. I encourage you all to do this to the best of your ability.”

Each nations’ flag bearer was then announced.

Patricia Taea was chosen to carry the flag for Team Cook Islands and will lead the country’s delegation during tonight’s Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. The 100m and 200m sprinter said: “I feel so excited to be here. It’s my first time in Scotland and the people are so friendly and welcoming.

“It’s a huge honour to carry the flag for the Cook Islands, however, it’s also nerve-racking because all eyes will be on me.”

Patricia and the other flag bearers proudly waved their nation’s flag during the ceremony, which was organised by the Oceania Sports Alliance.

Jan Hulme, University Secretary and Vice-Principal Governance, who represented GCU at the event said: “The University was delighted to welcome the teams and officials to the campus and honoured to host such a colourful, vibrant event on the eve of the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. You could really feel the excitement in the air.

“On behalf of GCU, I wish the athletes the very best of luck for Glasgow 2014.”