Explosive Opening Ceremony ignites Mini Games

More than 5000 people packed out the Korman Stadium in Vanuatu and celebrated at the opening ceremony of the 10th Pacific Mini Games last night.

Performers from all six of the country's provinces took to the stage, with water drummers from the Leweton Cultural Group proving a particular hit with the crowd.

2013 Mini Games host Wallis and Futuna kicked off the athletes parade but predictably it was host Vanuatu's 300 plus delegation, led by flag-bearer and beach-volleyball star Linline Matauatu, that received the biggest cheers.

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai urged athletes to respect their opponents and inspire the next generation, before doing the official honours.

"I now have the honour to declare the Jeux de Pacifique number 10 Pacific Mini Games officially open," he declared.

The ceremony concluded with a nine minute fireworks display, staying true to the Games motto: "Ignite the Spirit Within".