A team of 27 New Zealand athletes aged 14 18 have arrived in Samoa for the Commonwealth Youth Games, a festival of sport, culture and community.

Representing New Zealand in swimming, track and field, boxing, lawn bowls, squash, weightlifting and archery, the pre-elite athletes join 1000 others in Apia for the youth competition.

The fifth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games take place on the back of the transformative Commonwealth Games General Assembly which underscored the federations commitment to transformation, impact and community. The Commonwealth Youth Games provide a foundation for sports development, youth engagement and the strengthening of ties within the Commonwealth nations.

Like the Commonwealth and Olympic Games, athletes at the Commonwealth Youth Games will stay in village-style accommodation and have their first experience at an international multi-sport event.

Pre-elite games are a significant step along the high performance pathway that will prepare them for significant international competition as they progress throughout their career.

Off the field of play athletes will take part in a series of cultural activities and exchanges in the Samoan capital.

The games take place 5 11 September.

The Commonwealth Youth Games are a sustainable opportunity for smaller nations to host international multi-sport games using existing infrastructure and venues while promoting an inclusive and positive youth agenda.

Samoa has a population of 187,000 of which, like throughout the Commonwealth itself, more than 50% are under the age of 25.

Swimming, Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rugby Sevens, Squash, Tennis and Weightlifting feature on the Samoa Commonwealth Youth Games sport programme. 



Albi Anderson - 16, Christchurch

Kanah Andrews-Nahu - 14, Auckland

Kaeley Elkington - 17, Hamilton

Paige Lawgun - 16, Whangarei

Vernon Taylor - 17, Auckland


Wilrich Coetzee - 18, Red Beach

Gabrielle Fa'amausili - 15, Auckland

Bobbi Gichard - 15, Napier

Mario Koenigsperger - 18

Yeonsu Lee - 16, Auckland

Eliot Lundon Moore - 17

Bayley Main - 18, Auckland

Annabelle Paterson - 17, Auckland


Ben Collerton - 17,  Christchurch

Amanda Fitisemanu - 16

Felix McDonald - 17, Mosgiel

Lucy Sheat - 16, Blenheim

Nick Smith - 15, Lower Hutt


Seamus Curtin - 15, Porirua

Ashleigh Jeffcoat - 16, Hamilton


Ellie Epke - 17, Auckland

Luke Jones - 18, Pahiatua

Abbie Palmer - 17, Waipu


Chayse Martin-Roberts - 16



Keegan O'Kane-Jones - 18

Ryan Scaife - 18, Upper Hutt

Hosea Ngatiwhainoa Watson - 16, Waikuku

Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games
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