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Young athlete camping out for Singapore

Young Vancouver athlete Cameron Ho shared his experience at the Singapore 2010 Friendship Camp, a programme for young athletes hoping to compete at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, with International Olympic Committee members yesterday. 

The camp is a programme in connection with the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) that young athletes attended to participate in promoting the Olympic values.

Ho was selected as the young male athlete from Canada, along with a young female athlete, to attend the camp in December 2009.

“It was such a long shot,” Ho said about being selected to attend the camp. “I was shocked.”

The five-day camp was organised by Singapore's Ministry of Education, in partnership with the Singapore Sports School and the Singapore YOG Organising Committee.

“Those seven days I spent in Singapore at the friendship camp were without a doubt the most interesting, eye-opening and educational days I have ever had in my life,” Ho said. 

Ho, a sailing athlete, will be competing in the Singapore qualification finals in March.

“Even though it'll be about competing, it won’t be just about winning,” Ho said. “We'll be able to learn about each other’s cultures and become more open minded and tolerant.”

The Youth Olympic Games are the first new Games the Olympic Movement has created in 80 years.

By Kimiya Shokoohi, YOG reporter.

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