federations are already doing. But I felt that there wasan element missing in the traditional pattern of worldyouth championships and that's the education part."The CEP in Singapore will feature a variety ofdifferent activities, such as interactive workshops,community projects and exhibitions, with each aspectallowing participants to interact with other youngpeople from around the world while learning aboutimportant issues, developing their skills, andembracing the Olympic values.In total, there will be more than 50 CEP activitiestaking place during the Games, with each one linked to one of the five educational themes: Olympism, SkillsDevelopment, Well-Being and Healthy Lifestyle, SocialResponsibility and Expression. Activities include several 'Chat with Champions',which will give participants the chance to interact withAthlete Role Models, such as former Olympians, whowill share their own stories about the Games andinspire the young athletes through their experiences of living the Olympic values.'Island Adventure', will take the athletes to one ofSingapore's offshore islands - Pulau Ubin - wherehe inaugural Youth Olympic Games are aboutfar more than just medals. That's becausealongside the exciting sports competition thatwill take place in Singapore, the YOG will also feature an extensive Culture and Education Programme (CEP),which aims to introduce young athletes to Olympismand the Olympic values, and to raise awareness onimportant issues such as the benefits of a healthylifestyle, sustainability and the fight against doping. It willalso help to prepare them better for their future career,whether that is in top-class sport or some other area.This unique element will set the YOG apart from otheryouth sports competitions and follows the YOG's originalaims to educate and engage young athletes, inspiringthem to play an active role in their communities, and toembrace, embody and express the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect."The Culture and Education Programme at theYOG is as important as the competition itself," explainsIOC President Jacques Rogge. "There are alreadyworld championships and junior world championshipsfor most Olympic sports, so there was no need tocreate something that would mimic what the sportsOLYMPIC REVIEW49CULTURE AND EDUCATIONYoung Ambassadors with President Roggethey will work in teams to complete confidence-building challenges, such as rock climbing and raftbuilding. 'Exploration Journeys' to two of Singapore'snewest sustainability-themed attractions - HortParkand Marina Barrage -will enable participants to learnmore about how to protect and conserve theenvironment. There will also be 'Community Projects'involving local beneficiaries, 'Arts and Culture' activitiesinvolving music and dancing, and 'Discovery Activities',which will feature interactive workshops and hand-onexhibitions that are linked to the CEP's key themes.A 'World Culture Village' will be set up in the YouthOlympic Village, with cultural booths representing eachof the 205 National Olympic Committees where theyoung athletes can learn more about other countriesthat are taking part in the YOG."The programme will teach them invaluable skillsfor the future both inside and outside the world ofsport," explains Sergey Bubka, Chairman of the IOC'sCoordination Commission for Singapore. "They willbuild friendships with other young athletes fromaround the world and get the opportunity toexperience new cultures." ?
The Games-time CEP activities, most of which are held in the Youth Olympic Village, will be integratedwith the sport competition schedule, allowing athletesto participate in the activities during their free time.They will be encouraged to take part through theAthletes' Challenge reward programme, which allowsparticipants to record what activities they've taken part in and receive prizes.But it is not just the athletes who will be enjoyingthe CEP. Non-athletes are also being encouraged to participate in the activities through two globalinitiatives set up by the IOC - the Young Ambassadorsand Young Reporters programmes.For the IOC Young AmbassadorsProgramme, a number of NOCs haveeach nominated a young representative- between the ages of 18 and 24 - whowill join their country's delegation inSingapore and help inspire their athletesto take full advantage of the CEP activitiesthat are on offer. The Young Ambassador programme is an experimental pilot programme,representing all five continents and aimingto achieve a good balance between youngmen and women (in fact 60% of the YoungAmbassadors in Singapore will be female).We chat to some of the 30 YoungAmbassadors who will helpencourage the athletes to takefull advantage of the Culture andEducation Programme on offer inSingapore. Profiles ofall 30 YoungAmbassadors can befound on olympic.orgSINGAPORE 201050OLYMPIC REVIEWAustria Why did you become a Young Ambassador?I was already involved in the bidding process for the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Gamesso becoming a Young Ambassador offered anexcellent opportunity for me to stay involved with the Olympic Movement. The Young Ambassadorprogramme is the perfect way for me to reach out toteenagers and make their voices heard as well.What do you hope to achieve in your role?For me, sport is a way of life, a way of thinking and a way of acting. As a Young Ambassador, I hope that I can share this philosophy and convince people that sport is one of the most rewarding activities there is in life.What are you most looking forward to about theYouth Olympic Games?I am most looking forward to the daily life in the Youth Olympic Village, (YOV), where 205 nationalities will be represented. At the CEP Seminar in March inSingapore, so many different cultures were united, forming a vivid and lively atmosphere. If you then addthe Olympic spirit to it, I think just being part of the community will be an amazing experience.Besides that, I hope I'll have some time off to watch some of the competitions, especially thehandball tournament. What is your favourite Olympic memory?My favourite Olympic memory is from the 2006Olympic Winter Games in Turin, when Austria wonthe Nordic combined relay competition. I was doingmy military service back then and it had snowed the night before, so our company was busy shoveling snow. Suddenly the major came out,smiling cheekily and said: "Alright boys, that's it. Now it's time to support our athletes. Everybodyinside - that's an order!" So we saw the Austrianteam take the lead on the last turn and win the gold medal.