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27 May 2010
Singapore 2010 , YOG

Meet Devon Van Der Merwe, South Africa’s Young Ambassador for Singapore 2010

Hi! My name is Devon van der Merwe, the Young Ambassador for South Africa. I am currently working as a sports cocoordinator at Alexandra High School in Pietermaritzburg. I work with young people that are passionate about excelling in their sport and education. I have been involved in sport for most my life and participated in the junior outdoor hockey world cup in 2005. I have mostly been involved in hockey, through playing, coaching and development programmes.

I did my Bachelor of Social Science degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus, majoring in Psychology and Human Resource Management. Thereafter I completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, specialising in Business Studies, Life Orientation and Guidance & Counselling. Having been involved in sport for so many years gave me the opportunity to work with young people and see them have the same opportunities that I had to do well. I also work as a level 1 coaching facilitator for the South African Hockey Association. I currently play hockey for the university of KwaZulu-Natal and Inland. I run the Midlands Senior Women's and u18 girls High Performance Programmes for 2009-2010.

As a young ambassador, my mission is to raise awareness in South Africa about the Youth Olympic Games and to introduce the athletes to the Culture and Education Programme (CEP) that will be part of the Youth Olympic Games. Having had the opportunity to experience some of the activities of the programme, I think we can explain and promote the programme with better understanding. I believe Singapore is a great setting for the 1st Youth Olympic Games to take place, with a welcoming and exciting community. Hopefully, with the FIFA World Cup coming to South Africa in June 2010, we can use this setting to get people talking and excited about young athletes participating in Singapore.

Time is marching on and Singapore 2010 is nearly on our doorstep, such exciting times ahead, SEE YOU THERE!!!!!

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