Tuesday came to a close with a bang at the Huntsman World Senior Games as fireworks lit up the sky at the Opening Ceremonies. The show kicked off with the traditional and inspiring March of Athletes. Once the athletes packed the stands skydivers dropped from the sky to the sound of The Star Spangled Banner, sung by Melinda Larson. Dignitaries including St. George Mayor, Dan McArthur, Dixie State College President Stephen Nadauld and Utah's Governor Gary Herbert warmly welcomed the athletes. Talented youth filled the field as they danced and sang to several of today's top hits along with a Beatle's tribute. Entertainment was coordinated and produced by Brian and Melinda Larson of Diamond Talent.
One of the highlights of the night was Morgan Shepherd's address to the audience as he talked about his convictions and inspiration that he has had in his life. The torch was carried around the track by ultra-marathoner, Stan Cottrell and lit by David Huntsman, representing the Games Principal Sponsor along with John Morgan, the Games founder.
"Tonight was full of the magic that makes the Huntsman World Senior Games special," said Kyle M Case, Games CEO. "I was energized to see the stands full of inpsiring people, enjoying an incredible show."
Tomorrow competition continues at the Games with:
Archery - Target
Basketball 3-on-3 – Women
Basketball Shoot - Women
Cowboy Action Shooting
Power Walk 5000M
Race Walk – 5000 M
Softball – Men
Track & Field
All athletic events are free and open to the public. Spectators are encouraged to attend and cheer on these amazing athletes.