Olympic Week: fun in the sun
Once again, Olympic Week exceeded all expectations. Coming together in the sunshine, the mildness of an Indian summer, youngsters in T-shirts, delighted hosts, smiling volunteers – all the ingredients were there to ensure that these few days of trying out sports by 9-15-year-olds during the school holidays were once again a success. More than 40 sports were on the programme with a new feature this year, field hockey, and ever-popular activities such as DIY, Latin dancing, lifesaving and road accident prevention.
Excellence, friendship and respect
This 27th Olympic Week was marked by the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. And the three new workshops set up this year bore witness to that. The photo-journalism workshop required journalist-photographer duos to capture the moment where budding sportsmen and women showed proof of one of these values. The first Olympic Week Gazette illustrated the imagination and talent of its authors. The two other workshops, Cool & Clean Games and Kickboxing for non-violence were also full as from Monday – a good initiative then by the organisers.
An Olympic Week which even overcame barriers
For just over a quarter of a century, Olympic Week has always had a favourable response from the media. Each time, there is a report and some nice photos in Lausanne’s daily papers. But this year we had a major first! No less than a UK TV crew which came to film the sports and other activities, but above all the workshops, as part of a documentary on the Games.
27 Olympic Week - Photo journalism and Cartoons