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21 Dec 2017
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Buenos Aires 2018

Inspirational Young Change-Makers announced for Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has today announced an eclectic list of 81 inspiring young people who will serve as Young Change-Makers (formerly Young Ambassadors) for the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.

The list features active athletes, including 14 Olympians (four of whom also competed at the YOG) and 12 YOG alumni, sports coaches, students and young professionals, all under 30. Despite coming from all walks of life, the Young Change-Makers (YCMs), who were nominated by their respective National Olympic Committees, have one mission in common – to support the young YOG athletes and to inspire other young people in their communities using their experiences at the Youth Olympic Games.

The YCM programme is now in its fifth cycle following its success at the previous two Summer and two Winter Youth Olympic Games. The programme demonstrates just one of the unique elements of the YOG, along with the Young Reporter and Athlete Role Model initiatives.

As well as promoting the YOG and the Olympic values in their countries, the role of the YCMs is focused on helping the athletes of their national teams get the most out of their YOG experience. They will encourage them to interact with people from different sports and backgrounds and to take part in a unique programme of activities and workshops, featuring sessions on injury prevention, anti-doping, careers in sport and media training. The lessons learned will equip the athletes with the sports skills to perform to the best of their ability on the field of play, and the life skills to be true ambassadors of their sport off the field of play, inspiring young people in their communities to get active and embrace the Olympic values.

Previous YCMs have credited this unique opportunity as a means to helping them pursue professional careers in the field of sport, in areas such as events, coaching, media and social development, with many staying within the Olympic Movement as volunteers or securing jobs with NOCs, sports federations and organising committees, or even returning to the YOG in the role of Chef de Mission.

Many have also taken up the opportunity to be part of the YCM+ programme, launched in 2016. The programme, supported by Panasonic, offers YCMs the chance to apply grants to support their own community youth development projects. Six of these YCM+ members currently sit on IOC commissions as a reflection of their commitment to making a difference through sport.

The Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 will be held from 6 to 18 October in Argentina.

For more information on the Youth Olympic Games, please visit: www.olympic.org/yog.

Name

NOC

Olympic/YOG Athlete

Mathatho Manaka

RSA

 

Paulina Fritz

GER

 

Fernanda Russo

ARG

Shooting - Olympic Games Rio 2016 & Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014

Chloe Esposito

AUS

Pentathlon – Olympic Games Rio 2016 (gold medallist)

Anna-Maria Pollany

AUT

 

Sakina Valiyeva

AZE

 

Daneka Headley

BAR

 

Anastasiya Lesik

BLR

Alpine Skiing – Youth Olympic Games Innsbruck 2012

Nicky van Rossem

BEL

 

Aleksandra Samardzic

BIH

Judo – Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014 (silver medallist)

Olerato Keegope

BOT

 

Guilherme Moraes

BRA

 

Ivana Dineva

BUL

 

Fabrice Kwizera

BDI

 

Maggie Brennan

CAN

 

Nicolas Gonzalez Gomez

COL

 

Maria Andrade

CPV

Taekwondo – Olympic Games Rio 2016

Sofia Machado Paonessa

CHI

 

Dabin Yang

CHN

 

Andreas Chrysostomou

CYP

 

Gee Won Yoo

KOR

 

Marija Lozancic

CRO

 

Cecilie Hedegaard Bak

DEN

 

Priscilla Lazo Nieto

ECU

 

Adrian Ruiz

ESP

 

Katriin Kersa

EST

Swimming – Youth Olympic Games Singapore 2010

Ty Walker

USA

Snowboard – Olympic Games Sochi 2014

Tessa Harman

FIJ

 

Ekaterina Volkova

FIN

Rhythmic Gymnastics – Olympic Games Rio 2016

Ross Hobart

GBR

 

Georgios Margaritis

GRE

 

Maria Renee Rodriguez Sarmiento GUA  

Ming Tai Chan

HKG

Long jump – Olympic Games Rio 2016

Istvan Peni

HUN

Rifle shooting – Olympic Games Rio 2016 & Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014 (bronze & gold medallist)

Lakshman Rohith Maradapa

IND

 

Rivaldo Tandra Pangesthio

INA

Basketball – Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014

Dearbhail McNamara

IRL

Swimming – Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014

Ingibjorg Kristin Jonsdottir

ISL

Swimming - Youth Olympic Games Singapore 2010

Miho Suzuki

JAP

 

Waleed Abu Nada

JOR

 

Bektur Kiyatbay

KAZ

 

Marzhana Kadyrova

KGZ

 

Tumelo Qophe

LES

 

Santa Blumberga

LAT

 

Christel El Saneh

LBN

 

Dominykas Spudvilas

LTU

 

Maria Delgado Del Rio

MEX

 

Ana Svetova

MDA

 

Joshua Sharpley

NAM

 

Runa Moller Tangstad

NOR

 

Jaimee Lovett 

NZL

Kayak - Olympic Games Rio 2016

Aaqib Sherazi

PAK

 

Carolina Joly

PAN

 

James Leia

PNG

 

Isabel Barnard

NED

 

Pauline Lopez

PHI

 

Mariana Rosado Meléndez

PUR

 

Martim Ramoa

POR

 

Nada Arakji

QAT

Swimming – Olympic Games Rio 2016 & London 2012

Jane Konovalova

RUS

 

Samuel I. Meleisea

ASA

 

Babacar Dieng

SEN

 

Mirjana Ivkovic

SRB

 

Rania Rahardja

SGP

Fencing – Youth Olympic Games Singapore 2010

Alexandra Longova

SVK

Archery – Olympic Games Rio 2016

Ela Mićunović

SLO

Basketball - Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2016 (silver medallist)

Reshika Udugampola

SRI

Swimming – Olympic Games London 2012

Paniz Yousefi

SWE

Steve Dreyfus

SUI

 

Xaviera Ilahibaks

SUR

 

Amirjon Urunov

TJK

 

Yin Cheng Chi

TPE

Triathlon – Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014

Lenka Rudova

CZE

 

Varitta Srijunvong

THA

Basketball – Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014

Murat Madan

TUR

 

Yuliia Levchenko

UKR

High jump – Olympic Games Rio 2016 & Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014 (gold medallist)

Ines Remersaro Coronel

URU

Swimming – Olympic Games London 2012 & Rio 2016

Keanu George

IVB

 

Yulimar Rojas

VEN

Triple jump – Olympic Games Rio 2016 (Silver)

Jason Miti

ZAM

 

Yara Hanssen

ZIM

Equestrian – Youth Olympic Games Singapore 2010 (bronze medallist)

 

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