28 of the 29 participating nations in the 2012 European Youth Championships took part in a brief but interesting opening ceremony on the Lovvang Bowl lanes in Aalborg Sunday evening, April 1, just one team missing, that from Turkey. That group was still on its way up from
Copenhagen after a delay at home through national examinations, so all will be well on Monday morning.
The normal parade with national flags and name banners saw the group line up across 30 lanes before a few brief speeches, the first of which brought a warm welcome to Aalborg from tournament director and managing director of Lovvang Bowl, Kim Thorsgaard Jensen. He went on to introduce the president of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation, Addie Ophelders who stressed the importance of youth bowling in this age and wished them all much success in the coming week.
A grand welcome to Aalborg from Vice Mayor Mads Solver-Persersen concluded the speeches. He stated that the
city of Aalborg are very pleased to hav e so many athletes from 29 nations participating in the Championships. He
also stressed the importance of Lovvang Bowl and supported the many international events that take place on these famous lanes.
Famous Danish singer Marie Jull Sorensen sang 'I Believe' between speeches and the ceremony came to a conclusion exactly on 30 minutes when she sang the Danish national anthem.
Competition starts in earnest first thing Monday morning with two squads of Boys' Doubles, held over six games. The top four teams at the end of the day will advance to play-offs for the medals on Tuesday afternoon. The girls can rest on Monday as they take to the lanes on Tuesday, also with six game blocks.