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Updated: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:07:28 GMT | By CBC Sports, cbc.ca

Commonwealth Games opening ceremony



Trap shooter Susan Nattrass smiles as she displays the Canadian flag as members of the Canadian team attend their welcome ceremony at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on Monday, July 21, 2014. Nattrass says she will soak up every moment of the opening ceremonies. Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press

Trap shooter Susan Nattrass smiles as she displays the Canadian flag as members of the Canadian team attend their welcome ceremony at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on Monday, July 21, 2014. Nattrass says she will soak up every moment of the opening ceremonies. Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press

The XX Commonwealth Games have begun in Glasgow, Scotland, as the opening ceremony is underway on Wednesday at Celtic Park (live now on CBC TV and cbcsports.ca). 

Headliners Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle performed, and Team Canada will march into the stadium along with the rest of the athletes competing at the event. 

Veteran trap shooter Susan Nattrass, and eight-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, will act as Canada's flag-bearer.

Canada has sent a team of 265 athletes — its largest ever for a Commonwealth Games held outside the country.

The Canadian team is aiming to finish in the top three in the overall medal standings after falling to fourth at the 2010 Games in Delhi, India.

The track and field team is particularly strong, with 2013 world championship medallists Brianne Theisen-Eaton (heptathlon), Damian Warner (decathlon) and Derek Drouin (also an Olympic bronze medallist in the high jump) on the squad. Boston Marathon wheelchair champion Josh Cassidy will compete in the para-sport 1,500 metres.

In the pool, two-time Olympic medallist swimmer Ryan Cochrane will defend his Commonwealth titles in the 400m and 1,500m events. Olympic and world diving medallists Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion look to continue their strong season in the 10-metre synchro competition, as do Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware in the 3m.

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