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The Commonwealth Games Federation discussed the idea of a Millennium Commonwealth Youth Games in 1997.  In 1998 the concept was agreed on for the purpose of providing a Commonwealth multi-sport event for young people born in the calendar year 1986 or later.

The inaugural Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 10-14 August 2000. 14 countries contested 483 medals over 3 days of competition in 8 sports. A total of 733 athletes and team officials, 280 Technical Officials and around 500 volunteers participated in the event.

Eight sports were contested.  These included: Athletics, Fencing, Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Tennis, Squash, Swimming and Weightlifting. The success of these Games in Scotland gained the support of the Commonwealth Games Federation who has pledged continued support for a Commonwealth Youth Games to be held every 4 years.

The second Commonwealth Youth Games were awarded to Australia in 2002.  Following a formal submission process, Bendigo was awarded the honour of hosting these Games in Australia.

Photo courtesy of Gymnastics Australia

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