- 14 Jun 2013
- IOC News
Young people inspired to get active in the Netherlands
The grand finale of the 11th annual edition of the “Mission Olympic” school sports competition was recently held in the Netherlands, bringing together some 6,000 secondary school students to Amsterdam’s Olympic Stadium.
“Mission Olympic” is open to students of all sporting ability between the ages of 12 and 19. In 2013, over 150,000 students from 315 schools from across the Netherlands competed in 18 disciplines. Competitions took place throughout the school year, culminating in a fantastic celebration of sport in the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam.
Epke Zonderland, London 2012 Olympic Games gold medallist in gymnastics and the programme’s ambassador, said: “The atmosphere at Mission Olympic reminds me of the real Olympic Games. It’s fantastic to see the way that Mission Olympic inspires young people to discover sports, which is why I’m a proud ambassador of this programme”.
Mission Olympic was founded in 2003 by the Dutch Olympic Committee and Worldwide TOP Partner Coca-Cola, in partnership with KVLO, an organisation representing physical education teachers.