A GOLD Coast primary school student is set to become a star, after he was selected to represent the glitter strip at the Flag Handover Ceremony at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Minister for Commonwealth Games, the Hon. Jann Stuckey today announced Emmanuel College student Gabriel Pither, 10, will perform the role of ‘Gold Coast Kid’ in the Flag Handover Ceremony (FHC) in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Year Five student will star alongside headline act, Jessica Mauboy in a production about Australia, Queensland and specifically the Gold Coast.
“The FHC will include the traditional handing over of the Commonwealth Games Federation flag from Glasgow to the Gold Coast followed by a creative performance that will be viewed by a global audience of more than one billion people,” Ms Stuckey said.
“In just 45 days, in the exciting role of ‘Gold Coast Kid’, Gabriel will feature alongside Jessica and other Australian stars in a once in a lifetime performance produced by world-renowned event production company David Atkins Enterprises (DAE).”
Gabriel said he is ecstatic to have been selected for the role.
“I love swimming, athletics and hockey, which are Commonwealth Games sports, and my Dad has represented Australia in the Commonwealth Games twice in Rugby Sevens,” he said.
“It’s really great to get to be part of the Flag Handover Ceremony and I can’t wait to meet the other performers and some of the athletes at the Commonwealth Games,.”
Gabriel excels in swimming – has competed at state level – and he was recently selected in the South Coast district Under 12 Hockey team and is also a member of the Mermaid Beach Surf Life Saving Club where he was recently named 2014 Under 10 First Age Champion.
Minister for Education, Training and Employment, the Hon. John-Paul Langbroek said he was thrilled that the Gold Coast school community was given the opportunity to participate in the FHC and that he was particularly excited for Gabriel.
“We have amazing talent in our schools and every student considered for the ‘Gold Coast Kid’ role should be very proud, and is indeed a star in their own right,” Mr Langbroek said.
“The DAE team told us that the quality of student presentations in the audition process was outstanding with Gabriel’s energy and passion for the Gold Coast making him ideal for the role.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Gabriel, and I together with his peers, friends and family will be watching with excited anticipation to see him shine on stage with other Australian stars.”
Emmanuel College Principal, Patrick Innes-Hill, said he was absolutely delighted to learn Gabriel had been chosen for the role.
“The school has been actively involved in Gold Coast 2018 initiatives from the bid days when we adopted Nauru in the Adopt a Commonwealth Country program, until more recently when we produced artwork for presentation in Glasgow.
“We will be looking toward arranging a special opportunity for us to watch Gabe in the Closing Ceremony and to celebrate the fact that the Commonwealth Games will very soon be coming to this city,” Mr Innes-Hill said.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Flag Handover Ceremony will be televised live in Australia early on the morning of Monday 4 August.
The FHC creative piece will also feature select artwork created by Gold Coast primary school students.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ will be staged from 4-15 April 2018.