Diary of a Young Ambassador from Serbia
In the final weeks before the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, Aleksandra Kebić, the IOC’s Young Ambassador for Serbia travelled with the team for some last minute preparation, here’s her account of what impressed.
A few weeks ago, Team Serbia for the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing 2014 went on their joint preparation for the upcoming competition. I went with them, as a Young Ambassador with the idea to introduce them to CEP and try some of the activities from the programme.
Then it was off to Bled in Slovenia, where the Team hosted these joint preparations, I had many doubts about the realization of the whole idea, but when I finally met all of them, including their sparring partners, I realized that there is no reason to fear –I had a really proactive team, willing to compete, learn and share.
Those ten days passed so fast that I even hadn’t noticed there were only a couple of days left before our departure for China.
On the Bled lake I was delivering a session about the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing 2014, with the goal to inspire and empower my team of athletes. But, some time later, I realized that actually it was mutually inspiring, because they showed their motivation and I felt that thrilling atmosphere among all of us.
We also tried some other activities together – dancing one of our hardest national dances (and that was so funny!), writing our names in Chinese, making a collage with all the associations with our beautiful country... It was quite amazing how 50 young people are eager to put so much effort into different activities every day for ten days, including tough training and exercises. And only 24 of them were on the list for Nanjing. Anyway, the team counted 50 for me, because they were acting as one – 50 people for 24 seats in a plane for Nanjing.
That team won even before the YOG. That team knew how to share the Games and they shared all their dreams about the amazing future they are preparing for.
With less than a week to go until the Games, the YAs, aged between 18-25-years-old, are busy spreading the YOG spirit all over the world by hosting camps and workshops with young athletes in their communities and working closely with their NOCs and National Federations.