A record number of attendees from over 40 countries – including 53 Young Change-Makers (YCMs) and inspirational speakers in the field of sport for development – will participate in the fourth annual edition of the IOC Youth Summit ahead of the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Lausanne 2020.
Staged from 6 to 8 September at Olympic House, the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and The Olympic Museum, this year’s IOC Youth Summit will be the largest and most interactive yet. The Summit will give attendees the opportunity to develop their skills and take part in workshops and mentoring sessions, as well as listen to panel discussions on topics ranging from measuring impact to how to pitch and grow their grassroots concepts.
Speakers include World Bicycle Relief CEO Dave Neiswander, co-founder of One Young World Kate Robinson, and Kellie Magnus of Fight for Peace, to name but a few.
On the second day of the Summit, the YCMs will take part in the first-ever IOC “Createathon”. Divided into 10 teams, their task will be to brainstorm the concept of a dedicated IOC space for Lausanne 2020. An estimated 100,000 fans are expected pass through the venue, and the teams must conceptualise the most innovative and engaging fan experience combining sport and culture.
The YCMs will be supported and guided by a pool of over 30 local experts and start-ups in fields as diverse as virtual reality and storytelling to architecture and hospitality. The Createathon will conclude with the best two groups – judged on delivery, feasibility and creativity – invited to present their ideas to IOC President Thomas Bach at The Olympic Museum during the closing session of the Summit on 8 September.
Each new initiative is focused on one of seven core themes – athlete-focused education; the environment; gender equality; healthy living; inclusion (disability) and inclusion (displaced and minority populations); and Olympic values education.
Supported by seed funding from the IOC of up to CHF 5,000, the new cycle of YCM+ projects includes the US Virgin Islands’ Allison Bourne-Vanneck’s online platform for young athletes to share their sporting performances with college coaches, as part of athlete-focused education.
In Canada, Oluseyi Smith – who represented his country in athletics at the Olympic Games London 2012 – is focusing on the environment by trying to reduce bottle waste at athletics events, while France’s Nouria Newman is aiming to enhance gender equality with kayak camps for girls in Iran.
Skateboarding for vulnerable young people in Turkey is Murat Madan’s chosen initiative to encourage healthy living, and Jean-Claude Rugigana will promote the Olympic values in Rwanda through sports camps.
Inclusion projects include Sakina Valiyeva’s plans to offer sporting outreach activities to orphans in Azerbaijan, and Corrine Taylor and Tiffany Rockman’s programme to break down barriers to sport for those with physical disabilities in the USA.
For the third year running, the IOC is delighted to welcome the support of TOP Partner Panasonic, whose generosity has made it possible to expand the YCM+ programme.