Examiner photographer Adam Hourigan had one of the best seats in the house for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.
Examiner photographer Adam Hourigan had one of the best seats in the house for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

Games opening through the Examiner?s lens

By JULIA ILES

THE Commonwealth Games are in full swing as athletes from 71 nations take to the pool, track, field and court with the dream of taking home a little piece of gold for their efforts.

The Daily Examiner's Adam Hourigan is at the centre of the action and spent yesterday taking photographs of squash games and cycling events.

"I watched Aussie Natalie Grinham, the world number four, take out the girl from the Caymen Islands in a squash game, which was over in 12 minutes,' he said.

On Wednesday night Mr Hourigan was one of the 82,000 people at the opening ceremony inside the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). He described the ceremony as 'amazing'.

"The whole stadium was almost all packed out, and close to capacity. It was like an AFL grand final," he said.

"The sound of thousands of people cheering was incredible to hear, they were so loud but the crowd was really good. It looked like there were about 100,000 people."

He spent much of his time finding athletes and other celebrities to photograph, which was difficult in such a large crowd.

"There were trapeze artists swinging around, bands, the Queen was there. A highlight for me was hearing The Church play their song 'Under the Milky Way'. Everyone got behind that one and there were sparkles in the air," he said.

"There are so many people from different countries all around Melbourne wearing their accreditation. I've seen people from all the African nations as well as the Asian and European ones."

Mr Hourigan said there had been a media ban on all of the Australian team, so he hadn't been able to photograph any of them, but had seen swimmer Libby Lenton and many of the others.



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