2017 Commonwealth Youth Games
The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) is set to see its aquatic competition begin tomorrow, July 19th in Nassau, Bahamas. Occurring every 4 years, the competition has historically brought nearly 1,000 athletes from 65 nations to the host, with this year’s edition set to be the largest-ever. Athletes aged 14-18 comprise the competitive fields, whose sports include athletics, swimming, boxing and beach volleyball, among several others.
Swimming kicks off tomorrow, Wednesday, July 19th with the following events:
- Boys & Girls 50 butterfly
- Boys & Girls 200 freestyle
- Boys & Girls 100 backstroke
- Boys & Girls 200 breaststroke
The 2015 edition of the Games held in Samoa (2017 signals the change in global calendar for the event), saw Australia dominate with a total of 24 gold medals to runner-up South Africa’s 13. England was the 3rd place finisher overall with 12 gold medals.
In the past, budding stars from around the globe have been able to make their marks on the international swimming scene with an appearance at these Games. South African Zane Waddell won multiple events, including the 50 backstroke and 50 butterfly in 2015 and is now headed to the World Championships representing his nation in the 50m freestyle in Budapest. Australia’s Clyde Lewis was the 200 freestyle CYG champion and is now headed to Budapest to race the 400 IM.
We’ll be keeping tabs on the young talent and bringing a full meet recap once competition concludes.