The countdown to the seventh edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games begins in just 100 days on the beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago. The last edition of the Youth Games was held in 2017 in the Bahamas.
This year, Trinbago 2023 promises to be an unforgettable experience, featuring seven exciting events: Aquatics (Swimming), Athletics and Para Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Cycling (Road and Track), FAST5 Netball, Rugby Sevens, and Triathlon. For the first time ever, para-athletics events have been added to the programme, highlighting the Games' commitment to inclusivity. Team England will be competing in four of the seven sports: Swimming, Athletics (including Para Athletics), Beach Volleyball and FAST5 Netball.
The Youth Games have been a breeding ground for future stars, with many high-profile athletes getting their start in this prestigious competition. The Bello Brothers, who made their mark winning gold at the Bahamas 2017 Youth Games, went on to win England's first-ever Commonwealth Games medal in Beach Volleyball at Birmingham 2022.
Looking back on their experience at the Youth Games, they shared: “It was our first international multi-sport experience, which was fantastic because it was the first time Beach Volleyball was included as a Commonwealth Sport.” The Games were a defining moment in their careers, paving the way for their continued success.
Discussing how the Youth Games helped shaped their careers, they said: ‘’It was really special for us as we won the gold medal and had the honour of being flagbearers at the Closing Ceremony. It was the beginning of our dream and our journey to where we are today.”
With over 1,000 young athletes set to compete in just 100 days, we are excited to see the future stars that will be born at Trinbago 2023.