Swain in Olympic stadium for opening ceremony

PUBLISHED: 19:17 08 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009

A FORMER WGC schoolboy joined 10,000 athletes from across the globe at the Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremony. Diver Ben Swain, who attended Monk s Walk School, was one of thousands of competitors that came together in front of an estimated TV audienc

A FORMER WGC schoolboy joined 10,000 athletes from across the globe at the Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremony.

Diver Ben Swain, who attended Monk's Walk School, was one of thousands of competitors that came together in front of an estimated TV audience of one billion people.

Athletes were paraded country by country at Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium and its 90,000 strong crowd, which included world leaders such as Hu Jintao, president of the People's Republic of China, and USA president George W Bush.

Jintao declared the Games open amongst an extensive display of music, song, dance, lights shows and fireworks.

The Olympic flag was raised and the Games oaths declared, while thousands of cameras around the stadium flashed.

To round off the ceremony the Olympic flame was lit by the torch which completed its 85,000 mile trip around the world.

After the celebrations, the athletes will continue to gear up for their events as they get ever closer.

Swain will be competing for a medal in the men's 3m synchro alongside diving partner Nick Robinson-Baker on Friday, August 15.

He will then be in individual 3m action on Monday, August 18.

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