On 14 August 2010, the first ever Youth Olympic Games kicked off with 3,600 of the world’s best young athletes taking part in a spectacular opening ceremony at Singapore's Float@Marina Bay.
“You are our future and we want to help you take that future into your own hands,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said. "From this moment on, young people around the world have a chance to participate in a global forum that combines sport, education and culture."
The vision of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) was to inspire young people around the world to participate in sport and adopt and live by the Olympic values. It was during its Session in Guatemala City in July 2007 that the IOC decided to create a new sporting event to educate, engage and influence young athletes inspiring them to play an active role in their communities.
Australia at these Games
The 2010 Australian Youth Olympic Team delivered outstanding sporting performances at the Singapore Games, displaying the Aussie fighting spirit and winning an array of medals.
Australia took a full team of 100 athletes to the Singapore Games and won a total of 32 medals - 8 gold, 15 silver and 9 bronze. Dual Olympic rowing gold medallist Nick Green led his first Team as Chef de Mission, ahead of the same position for the London Olympic Games in 2012
The first medals decided at Singapore 2010 were in the women's individual triathlon and Queenslander Ellie Salthouse got Australia's Youth Olympic Games campaign underway with a spectacular silver medal.
Triathlon would see another silver medal for Australia in the mixed team relay where Salthouse and Michael Gosman teamed up with two New Zealanders to form Team Oceania in an exciting format that saw rivals become teammates for the day.
In the pool, Australia delivered great results as predicted. Young-gun Nicholas Schafer proved his mettle, winning two gold, one silver and a bronze. Kenneth To, Emily Selig and Emma McKeon also returned with a swag of medals and the other athletes saw much of the dais in both individual and relay events.
Likewise on the track, the athletics section proved to be a strong force, bringing home one gold (Nicholas Hough - hurdles), three silver (Brandon Starc - high jump, Michelle Jenneke - hurdles, Liz Parnov - pole vault) and one bronze (medley relay as Oceania).
On the picturesque Marina Bay Resevoir, the rowing and canoe/kayak events took place. Medals were aplenty for Australia with the men's and women's pairs both reaching the dais, winning bronze and silver respectively in the rowing and Jessica Fox brought home gold in the women's canoe/kayak slalom.
Other medal performances were Tom McDermott who won silver in equestrian as part of Team Australasia, silver to the women's 3-on-3 basketball team, bronze to Angela Donald in the women's artistic gymnastics beam discipline and a gold and bronze to Damien Hooper and Brett Mather respectively in the men's boxing.;
The final event for the Aussies was the men's hockey final. Going through the tournament undefeated, the Kookaburras in training produced a nail-biting final to beat Pakistan in the dying minutes to win gold.
Sixteen-year-old pole vault star, Liz Parnov, made history as the Australian flag bearer in the Games opening ceremony. There were no flagbearers in the closing ceremony.