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2004-01-16 11:44 - SEEKING OLYMPIC YOUTH CAMP PARTICIPANTS
Posted by adminmore from same (FeNZ)
FeNZFencing New Zealand has been requested to nominate one young woman and one young man from our sport for the Olympic Youth Camp being held as part of the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens 2004. The Olympic Youth Camp runs for 16 days from 11 – 26 August 2004.

Participants need to fill out the application form and write a short essay (500 word maximum) on how, as an athlete, they can underpin their athletic activities with Olympism and carry these ideals into their everyday lives.

Applications must be received by FeNZ before midnight, 3rd February 2004.

Fencing New Zealand, PO Box 5561, Wellington or by email secretary@fencing.org.nz

The candidates selected to be nominated by Fencing New Zealand will have their applications forwarded to the NZ Olympic Committee along with a letter of support by the closing date, 10th February 2004.

Download full documentation HERE
BACKGROUND
The founder of the Olympic Movement, Pierre de Coubertin, had a vision of a global educational movement that would transcend barriers of race, political systems and beliefs; a movement uniting the youth of the world in friendship, solidarity and peace.

The Olympic Youth Camp (OYC) provides a unique opportunity for youth around the world to experience cultural exchange and is part of the Olympic Games.  In concept, it closely parallels the thinking of de Coubertin: “youth attracts youth, achievement stimulates emulation and participation promotes friendship”.

The aim of the OYC is to provide an opportunity for world youth to gather together during an Olympic period to promote international goodwill and better understand the traditional culture of the host country, thereby contributing to the creation of a peaceful world.

The OYC will:
+ Educate youth through sport
+ Promote cultural exchange and foster international cooperation
+ Share the Olympic spirit
+ Develop in young people an understanding of, and respect for different cultures
+ Promote knowledge and understanding of the historical, geographical and cultural background of Athens and Greece.


PROGRAMME
The programme offers the opportunity for youth to get involved in activities related to the Olympic Games and the Olympic Movement.  The programme is divided into three sections and it is planned to educate, motivate, entertain and provide action to the participants in an exciting and globally aware environment
+ in Athens
+ out of Athens
+ one day cruise to the islands of Saronikos

In Athens – Participants will attend the Opening Ceremony of the Games, as well as four sporting events of their preference.  Some participants will take part in the Torch Relay acting as tourch bearers.  They will have the opportunity to visit the Olympic Village, to participate in the Team Welcome Ceremonies, and to visit cultural events.  Arts, Sports and Cultural Exchange will take place in the camp, along with workshops related to the Olympic Truce, environmental protection, painting, dancing, and music, all of which are connected with the Olympic spirit.

Out of Athens – Participants will visit the archaeological areas of Epidauros, Nafplion, and Mycenae, spending two nights in Porto Hydra in the Pelonopese, spend a day at Ancient Olympia, and go on a cruise to the Islands of Saronikos.

SELECTION CRITERIA
Participants:
+ must be between 16 and 18 years old at the time of the Olympic Games
+ should be athletes with competition experience
+ are selected on sporting, civic, academic and artistic achievements
+ need to demonstrate their understanding of Olympism and their ability to put it into practice

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