Musician stars at Games opening

By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

GLADSTONE had its very own Commonwealth Games star. Although not competing in the events throughout the week, Tim Opstelten was a true star during the opening ceremony on Wednesday night.

He performed as part of the main band during the opening ceremony.

Tim said the crowd cheering was certainly a highlight of his performance on the night.

"It was definitely an experience I could never forget,'' he said.

Tim showed off his musical talents as part of the band to television viewers and thousands of people sitting in the stands.

"It was really exciting sitting in the middle of the stadium with the crowd cheering in the stands,'' he said.

"The band players were so talented and we played really well. "It was certainly a privilege to be playing with so many talented people.

"All the musicians were amazing, and it was a lot of fun working with them over the past two weeks.''

Tim said he and his family were given tickets to the opening ceremony.

"After I played I got to sit up in the stands and watch it all, it was amazing,'' he said.

"I really enjoyed the fire works at the end the most.'' Tim said he spent a very busy two weeks preparing for the night.

"We worked day on, day off, we would practice one day and then have the next day off to enjoy Melbourne and this continued for the two weeks prior to the opening ceremony.''

This was Tim's first experience at the Commonwealth Games and also his first experience in Melbourne.

"It's huge, it is a lot bigger than Brisbane,'' he said.

"We have been pretty busy with not only practicing with the band but also viewing the sites in Melbourne.

"We have been to the zoo and the museum and a lot of other sight seeing.''

Tim and his family will be arriving in Gladstone today. "We are heading to Brisbane today and be back in Gladstone tomorrow.



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