From YOG to Rio 2016: The tale of a Young Reporter
Carolina Cabella was selected twice to be a Young Reporter at the Youth Olympic Games, the first time for the Summer YOG Nanjing 2014 and this past year for the Winter YOG Lillehammer 2016. She shares her story on how she went from the YOG to soon covering the Olympic Games Rio 2016.I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a country where people practise a great variety of sports. The country has currently many sports stars, such as Lionel Messi, Manu Ginóbili and Juan Martín Del Potro. The Argentine field hockey team, known as "Las Leonas", has recently won its seventh Champions Trophy, the most titles won by any national team.
Argentine athletes are known by their passion and "never give up" spirit. My love for sport has a root in these current and past role models. In fact, I have been playing field hockey since I was seven years old in one of the most important and successful clubs of the country (Ciudad de Buenos Aires Club).
When I finished high school, I started studying accounting and I'm aiming at getting the major degree by the end of this year. But my feelings were headed towards another direction: a career in sports journalism. I became a sports journalist and my first job was in the local newspaper "Clarín". Thanks to this experience, I was able to get an invitation for the selection process by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to participate in the Young Reporters Programme (YRP) at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Nanjing 2014.
I will have the great honour to be a part of the AOC media team at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, covering the participation of over 200 Argentine Olympic athletes, and I'm particularly enthusiastic about meeting the best athletes in the world!Carolina Cabella Young Reporter
The YRP at the 2014 Nanjing YOG was a great learning experience. The programme, which consisted of intensive class and field training in written, photographic, television and new media reporting of sport, gave me first-hand experience at covering an elite multi-sport event, under the direction of renowned professionals. It was a unique experience for me since it gave me a glimpse of what it is like to work in the Olympic world.
As an extension of the IOC YRP in Nanjing, I was selected among 15 out of the 35 Nanjing Young Reporters to cover the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, as a photographer. During the pre-Games period, I wrote several stories on Latin-American athletes who were going to compete in the Norwegian city.
Being in contact with young athletes in Nanjing and Lillehammer has given me much more than simply writing or illustrating sports stories with pictures. Through the interviews and reports I could feel the motivation, commitment, dedication and dreams of young and talented human beings. Through the photography I could capture the emotions and striving efforts of the athletes.
The YRP has also been a unique possibility to get to know other cultures and share life experiences with people from all over the world. I have made amazing friends along the way and I am forever grateful for the opportunities I have been given through sport and education.
Following my participation in the IOC YRP, I started working for my National Olympic Committee, the Argentine Olympic Committee (AOC), in a full-time capacity, in March 2016. I am currently creating content for the AOC website, such as player profiles, following the performance and interviewing the Argentine Olympic athletes in the lead-up to Rio 2016, and producing content across the AOC's social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook).
Covering an Olympic Games has always been my dream. This dream will come true in less than one month! I will have the great honour to be a part of the AOC media team at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, covering the participation of over 200 Argentine Olympic athletes, and I'm particularly enthusiastic about meeting the best athletes in the world!