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22 Feb 2010
Vancouver 2010 , IOC News , Australia

Australia sends the message home

Amongst the wins, the losses, the attempts and the multiple interviews, Australian athletes are chatting live online with young people from schools back home.

The Vancouver Games' youngest athlete, 15-year-old Australian ski mogul competitor Britteny Cox, sits with a bow in her hair and a computer on her lap - she's sharing her Olympic experience with students in Australia.

“They ask some pretty funny questions and sometimes you don't know what to say,” Cox said afterwards. “But it was a lot of fun to talk to them.”

The Chat to a Champ programme connects 30 schools in Australia to athletes, who have been dubbed role models.

“I just tell them that you have to put 110 per cent into everything you do. You have to want it and have to be really determined getting what you want,” said Cox, who finds it cool that the kids back home look up to her.

Australia's only Vancouver Games gold medallist thus far, 23-year-old Torah Bright, waits for her turn in the hot seat outside the office.

“My choice of lifestyle is always brought up because I'm quite different to the stereotype of a snowboarder... but it's great,” said the petite figured champion modestly holding her gold medal in her sweater pocket.

Bright and Cox explain the most important part for young people involved in sport is that they enjoy what they're doing.

 “Just go and have fun!” Bright said. “If you find that fun, you're going to get the most out of yourself and get that best result.”

By Kimiya Shokoohi, YOG reporter.

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