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Abertay graduate leads out Commonwealth Games athletes

24 July 2014

Abertay University graduate Marco Caira had the huge honour of leading out athletes at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony last night (Wednesday 23 July).

Marco, who graduated in Business Administration earlier this month, was one of the placard bearers, leading out the athletes in front of an estimated global television audience of over 1 billion people.

He walked ahead of the athletes with a Scottish Terrier, each wearing a dog coat decorated with each country’s name written in Charles Rennie Mackintosh lettering.

Marco said after the ceremony: “I can't even describe what kind of adrenaline rush you get walking out in front of over 40,000 people, never mind the 1 billion at home.

“To know that you are performing in the same show as John Barrowman, Susan Boyle, Rod Stewart, Amy Macdonald, Nicola Benedetti and all the while the Queen is watching too. Stuff like that doesn't happen to normal people like me.

“The athletes are amazing, they absolutely loved the dogs and behind the scenes they were all posing with their mascots.”

Marco and his fiancé Emma Graham were approached by Commonwealth Games organisers who were looking for Scottish Terrier owners to take part in the opening ceremony.

They took part in nine rehearsals with their dogs Angus and Maggie ahead of the main event.

Marco led out Bermuda and Pakistan with Maggie and Emma led out Montserrat and Singapore with Angus.

While studying at Abertay University, Marco continued to work for the long-established family business, Visocchi's Café in Broughty Ferry near Dundee.


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