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.
OLYMPIC REVIEW51CULTURE AND EDUCATIONFlorian KoglerYoung AmbassadorThe IOC Young Reporters programme, meanwhile, is providing 26 young journalists from around theworld with the opportunity to travel to Singapore toreport on the YOG, where they will live in the YouthOlympic Village alongside the athletes and be givenspecialised media training from senior sportsjournalists. Working alongside the Young Ambassadors, 60CEP Championshave also been chosen fromSingapore, who will encourage athletes to get involvedin CEP activities during the Games. The CEP Champions will facilitate the CEP gamestime for those NOC athletes who don't have a YoungAmbassador. Theyare Culture and EducationProgramme representatives. ?Trinidad and Tobago Why did you become a Young Ambassador?It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Firstly, thechance to represent my country at the YouthOlympic Games and secondly to spread myphilosophy of fun, while fulfilling my vision toencourage change in young people's attitudestowards education and each other through sport.Presently, sedentary lifestyles are prevalent in our local society. I consider the introduction of theYouth Olympic Games to be a timely catalyst to aid in the lifestyle choices among the youth.What do you hope to achieve in your role?I hope to encourage young athletes and non-athletes alike to strive towards becomingambassadors themselves. I would also like toencourage them to become more involved in sport, not only as athletesbut also in other capacities such as young reporters. I would like to give support to Trinidad and Tobago's Olympic Academy in thepromotion of the Olympic values, fostering a start to rebuilding healthyand harmonious lifestyles among the youth in our society.What are you most looking forward to about the Youth Olympic Games?The meeting of different cultures and the exchange of informationamong athletes will be an amazing experience, as individuals ofdifferent races and ethnicities coming from different social andeconomic backgrounds interact. I also look forward to promotingthe CEP among the athletes who do not have an ambassador from their own country."For me, sport is a way of life, a wayofthinking and a way of acting" Arts and CultureA celebration of youth, cultures andfriendships made at the Games,through music, dance and art in the Youth Olympic Village.Chat with ChampionsParticipants will meet withOlympians and global leaders toshare their personal experience and inspirational stories.Discovery ActivityInteractive exhibitions and workshops about the history ofOlympism, health and nutritionalmatters, careers in sport, andlearning about key global issues.World Culture VillageLocated in the Youth Olympic Village, it will host cultural boothsfeaturing each of the participatingNational Olympic Committees.Island AdventureParticipants go through confidence-building courses, take part in wateractivities, and overcome physicalchallenges, to develop friendshipand respect based on one ofSingapore's islands.Community ProjectsThrough Community Projects such as circus acts or drumming,participants will get to make friendswith the local beneficiaries, learnabout social responsibility and beencouraged to contribute back totheir own communities.Exploration JourneyA green adventure in the half-dayExploration Journeys to HortPark and Marina Barrage, two ofSingapore's environment-themedattractions.