An extravaganza of music, dance and celebration got the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games off to a spectacular start yesterday at Celtic Park as the people of Glasgow and Scotland put on a party like only they can, to start the 20th edition of the Games.
And straightaway today the action gets going with Trinidad and Tobago represented in competition in seven of the 17 sporting disclipines for which medals are on offer at the 11-day Games.
Cyclists Njisane Phillip and Quincy Alexander are first into action as they contest match-sprint qualifying.
The TT men and women hockey teams are on field – the women first against South Africa and the men later against England.
TT netball team also play on opening day with Barbados their opposition.
The other TT team engagement comes in table tennis with both the men’s and women’s teams facing England before the women’s team take on Tanzania and the men, Barbados.
Dylan Carter, one of TT’s two swimmers at the Games – George Bovell III the other, contests the men’s 400-metre freestyle preliminaries.
David Cottle, TT’s lone triathlete, competes in the medal event triathlon with 46 others.
And squash is the seventh event featuring Trinidad and Tobago today with Christine Knaggs, Kerrie Sample, Colin Ramasra and Kale Wilson all in singles play.
At yesterday’s opening ceremony it was TT’s 2012 London Olympic Games javelin throw gold medal winner Keshorn Walcott the nation’s flag-bearer.
In a break from tradition the teams were welcomed on by their region rather than in alphabetical order as part of a unique UNICEF campaign that was cleverly woven into the proceedings.
Hosts of the last Games in Delhi, India were the first into the arena representing Asia, followed by the teams from Oceania, Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe.