Youngsters to enjoy unique Innsbruck 2012 experience with global sports development

Austria, IYOGOC Press Release: global sports development, Prague, Warsaw, Malmö, Istanbul, Lviv (Ukraine) and Seoul will all feature at the YOG World Mile Project, part of the Culture & Education Programme of the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Thanks to Global Sports Development (GSD) and the Innsbruck 2012 Organising Committee, 24 youngsters and six accompanying adults from these cities will have the chance to experience an unforgettable five-day stay at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Seefeld and Kühtai.

Fun-packed programme

In the Nordkette mountains high above Innsbruck, the Mountain Snow & Fun Camp will give the youngsters the chance to make new friends and take part in team-building activities such as igloo building and sledge racing. After all that high-adrenaline fun in the snow, they can head back down into the city for a lesson in ‘Schuhplatteln’, a dance popular throughout Tyrol and other Alpine regions.

Making the jump from local tradition to the latest outdoor trends, workshops for urban sports such as parkour, slack lining, juggling, acrobatics and sport-stacking will also be part of the Culture & Education Programme, while the sporting competitions in everything from figure skating and speed skating to snowboarding and freestyle skiing will give the youngsters from across the globe the chance to cheer on their country’s athletes as they battle it out in their quest for Youth Olympic gold.

Creativity contest to select the 24 participants

To be in with a chance of winning this once-in-a-lifetime experience at the first ever edition of the Youth Olympic Games, pupils from 25 schools were invited to make collages based on the theme “What sport means to you”.

These entries were then submitted to a panel made up of members of the Foundation of Global Sports Development and the Innsbruck 2012 Organising Committee, which selected the six best entries. Each of the winning schools (listed below) was then invited to nominate four pupils and one adult to travel to Innsbruck between 13 and 18 January 2012.

– ZS J. Gutha-Jarkovskemo / Prague (Czech Republic)

– Shingu Middle School / Seoul (South Korea)

– 44 Secondary School / Warsaw (Poland)

– Sveaskolan / Malmö (Sweden)

– St. Georges Austrian High School / Karaköy / Istanbul (Turkey)

– Educational Complex named after V.Symonenko / Lviv (Ukraine)

The class from Malmö even made their own video! Check it out:

Global Sports Development (GSD) is an American non-profit organisation which supports children, teenagers and talented young athletes in obtaining a good education. GSD works closely with international sports federations, generous donors and dedicated athletes to support programmes aimed at promoting fair play, respect, fairness and cultural exchange between young people across the globe. GSD is supporting the YOG World Mile Project as part of the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games. Picture © IYOGOC

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