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Mats Zuccarello & Sajandan Rutthira

A life-changing YOG experience


Sajandan Rutthira became a household name overnight in Norway when he was named Change- Maker of the Year for his tireless and selfless commitment to sport in his community, not only as a player but as a coach. But nothing could quite prepare him for what was to come. Here is his story.

From standing on the stage and receiving the prize for change-maker of the year to travelling to New York City to meet YOG Ambassador and New York Rangers ice hockey star Mats Zuccarello, it has been an amazing journey.

I've experienced many things that I didn't know I could experience. And the best part of the journey is the support from my friends and my sports club, Furuset. Furuset has developed me for the last five years, and I know how privileged I am to have a caring and supportive sports club.

Through my journey, I have enjoyed the Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer as a change-maker and volunteer. I have had the chance to listen to the other change-makers’, young leaders’, young ambassadors’ and volunteers’ stories, which have inspired me more, to go beyond and create tomorrow.

And we are sure this is the not the last we have heard from this inspiring young man. Watch this space!

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