Meet Karolin Weber, Germany’s Young Ambassador for Singapore 2010
Hi, I’m Karolin Weber, the Young Ambassador of the German National Olympic Committee for the 1st Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. I am a fifth-year medicine student at the University of Saarland.
In my free time, I love to spend my time on everything that has to do with sport. Since I was a little child, I have been fascinated by the Olympic spirit. When I was a competitive athlete, it was always my dream to take part in the Olympic Games. At the age of 17 I thought that I had to abandon this dream because of an injury. That was when I started volunteering for the German Sports Youth. Since 2008, I have been a board member of the Sports Youth of Rhineland-Palatinate responsible for youth politics, and a member of the German Sports Youth Working Committee for German-Japanese sports exchange. I gained my international youth work experience while I was participating in the Olympic Youth Camp held by the Sports Youth of Rhineland-Palatinate in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. I was a participant in the ENGSO Youth Conference in Budapest, in 2006, and a facilitator at the Youth and Sports Forum in Bonn, in 2007. In the same year, I organised the 2nd European Fair Play Congress in Frankfurt. One year later, I was a German Sports Youth delegation member of an official visit at the invitation of a minister in China. All those activities allowed me to get to know the sport structures, to work with young athletes and to promote cross-cultural learning.
Being a Young Ambassador at the first Youth Olympic Games is a once-in-a-lifetime chance and a great honour for me. It offers me the chance to promote the Olympic values: excellence, friendship and respect. The national and international network I built up during the five years of volunteer work in sports is a good foundation for this challenge. Because of my experience in international youth work I am able to support the young participants and help them overcome the barriers of culture and language. After meeting the other Young Ambassadors and the CEP Champions in Singapore in March, it is difficult to wait for the Youth Olympic Games to start and to continue the great work we experienced in March!
On 24 July, I will be taking part in the celebration held for the torch relay in Berlin. I will be meeting all the German athletes who have qualified for the Youth Olympic Games to spark their interest in the CEP. During the Youth Olympic Games, I want to pass on my enthusiasm, especially to the athletes of my NOC, but also to all the other athletes. I would like to be the contact person for any concern they have and to help them enjoy this experience. After the Games, there will be a lot of work to do to prepare for the Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012. I hope to be able to take part in this preparation to continue the work I started on 27 January when I was nominated Young Ambassador of the German National Olympic Committee for the 1st Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
Last but not least, I want to give a piece of advice to all the young people out there: GET INVOLVED!!! There will not be any change if nobody asks for a change. The Youth Olympic Games are going to be what you make of them!