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2018-04-04 15:31:00 CET

Let the Games begin!

The Opening Ceremony kicked off the first edition of the Commonwealth Games in which beach volleyball will participate

A fireworks spectacle highlighted the Opening Ceremony at the Carrara Stadium (Photocredit: CG2018)A fireworks spectacle highlighted the Opening Ceremony at the Carrara Stadium (Photocredit: CG2018)

The 2018 Commonwealth Games are on! The event in Australia's Gold Coast was officially kicked off with the Opening Ceremony held at the Carrara Stadium this Wednsday. This is a special edition of the Games with beach volleyball making its debut.

Check your Beach Guide for the Games

Several familiar faces of the Beach Volleyball Major Series will be competing at Coolangatta Beach from Friday on and, believe us, it's a good thing they have a couple of days before their debuts because they had a really good time in the Opening Ceremony.

Two beach volleyball athletes, Vanuatu's Miller Pata, and St Kitts and Nevis' St. Clair Hodge, had the honour of being the flag bearers for their countries in the Opening Ceremony.

VASANOC on Twitter

TeamVanuatu #VanuaPawa

It was also a special moment for the Australian athletes and the beach team of Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho made sure they registered it.

It's nearly our time to come out into the Opening Ceremony!! 😄 Can't wait! VAMOS!! 🇦🇺🇦🇺

850 Likes, 13 Comments - Mariafe Artacho del Solar (@mariafe_beach1) on Instagram: "It's nearly our time to come out into the Opening Ceremony!! 😄 Can't wait! VAMOS!! 🇦🇺🇦🇺"

The Ceremony was also a celebration of the individual identities of each of the participating countries. Rwanda's Denyse Mutatsimpundu and Charlotte Ndayisenga honored their country's culture.

Gold coast #Commonwealth games#ready for opening ceremony #our culture is very important #proud to be Rwandan.

30 Likes, 7 Comments - denyse mutatsimpundu (@denysemutatsimpundu2) on Instagram: "Gold coast #Commonwealth games#ready for opening ceremony #our culture is very important #proud to..."

That was also the case with the Scottish delegation as beach teams of Robin Miedzybrodski/Seain Cook and Lynne Beattie/Melissa Coutts wore the country's traditional kilts.

Tonight we march for @team_scotland.

38 Likes, 3 Comments - Robin Miedzybrodzki (@robinbrodzki) on Instagram: "Tonight we march for @team_scotland."

Team New Zealand opted for more of a formal dressing and the teams of Shaunna Polley/Kelsie Wills and Ben O'Dea/Sam O'Dea followed the script.

Squads all here 🇳🇿

158 Likes, 6 Comments - @kels_wills on Instagram: "Squads all here 🇳🇿"

England's Jake Sheaf/Chris Gregory and Jessica Grimson/Victoria Palmer picked simpler outfits, but enjoyed the party in great fashion as well.

Opening Ceremony time here @gc2018 .... Go on the England! . #cg2018 #teamengland #commonwealthgames #openingceremony

185 Likes, 3 Comments - jake sheaf (@jsbeachvolley) on Instagram: "Opening Ceremony time here @gc2018 .... Go on the England! . #cg2018 #teamengland..."

The Canadian teams of Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter found time to take a picture with Borobi, the mascot of the Games, on their way to the stadium.

So excited for the opening ceremonies with the Canadian beach crew! #commonwealthgames2018 ~ #cwg2018 #australia #goldcoast #beach #volleyball #BeachVolleyball #teamcanada #canadian #livethemoment #livethedream

271 Likes, 5 Comments - Sam Schachter (@samschachter) on Instagram: "So excited for the opening ceremonies with the Canadian beach crew! #commonwealthgames2018 ~..."

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