The final day of the training course was capped off by
the opening ceremony. Befitting a world championship held in Canada,
the opening ceremony was lead by a piper and Royal Canadian Mountie decked
out in red surge. As each team of athletes was presented, their
country's flag was raised on the newly installed flag standard. The
ceremony was conducted in both of Canada's official languages, English (MC
Ron Rubadeau) and French (MC Gilles Ladouceur).
Piper and Mountie prepare
for the parade of athletes.
Anne Allen - Atlanta, Georgia
Greetings from Prime Minister Jean
Chretien were delivered by Senator Ross Fitzpatrick. Member of Parliament
Werner Schmidt, Kelowna Mayor Walter Grey and COSA Commodore Steve Brunsden also
extended warm wishes to all competitors. A spectacular sunset created a
dramatic backdrop for the wine and cheese reception which followed. "Just
Jazz" performed light jazz tunes as dignitaries, officials, competitors,
sponsors, volunteers and supporters mingled.
Submitted by D. Hamilton