Hello, I’m Danka Barteková, the Young Ambassador of the Youth Olympic Games from Slovakia. I’m 25 years old and live in Trnava, Slovakia.
I’m a professional athlete. When I was 13, I completely fell in love with shooting. It was quite easy to get in touch with this sport as my father was a hunter and he just drove me to the shooting range, gave me a shotgun and asked me to shoot. Since then, I have represented my country in a shotgun event, called Skeet. Trying to hunt as many clay targets as possible everytime :-)
I participated in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Even though I didn’t win a medal, I really enjoyed the real Olympic spirit and incredible atmosphere. It was amazing to see athletes from all over the world trying to do their best, to overcome themselves and to represent their countries as well as they could. That’s what I love about sport – it makes people go beyond their limits and makes them a bit better human beings :-)
I graduated at the Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations in Banska Bystrica, with diplomacy as the main subject. I would love to combine my two hobbies – sport and diplomacy – to become a good sports diplomat. Working in the field of representing the needs of athletes, preparing good conditions for their training, performances and even their life after finishing their professional careers is my biggest wish.
That’s why I’m so excited about being a Young Ambassador! It’s a big honour for me to be a part of the Youth Olympic Games! I’m looking forward to meeting all the young athletes, being a part of their incredible experience in Singapore. I will do my best to promote the Culture and Education Programme, because it’s something they will never forget! So... my advice is clear: Don’t hesitate and join us there! Take part in the amazing activities and enjoy the unforgettable moments which are ready to change your life! You’ll never forget the Singapore Culture and Education Programme!