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29 Sep 2008
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Youngsters to speak out

Youngsters from around the world were on the podium last week during the 6th World Forum on Sport, Education and Culture in Busan, Korea. Under the motto "We are the Now", students from Korea, Australia, Great Britain and Jordan told how sport had helped them to develop life skills and of the difficulties they had faced to combine their sporting career with their school education.

Aiming high through sport         
"Sport has taught me about who I am, who I want to be and how to set goals," explained Clementine Pickwick, a student from Canberra in Australia. Clementine is an all-round sports talent and practises volleyball, badminton, water polo and athletics. Role models like Cathy Freeman - an indigenous Australian like Clementine – have always helped her to aim high. The skills Clementine obtained through sport, such as commitment, listening to instructions, leadership and working in a team, have benefited her far beyond sport. Still in her teens, Clementine has already received several prestigious awards such as the Rotary citizenship award and a distinction as Young Indigenous School Student of the Year for academic achievement. "All these opportunities have given me a worldwide network of friends," she raved. For the time after school she hopes to obtain a scholarship to play volleyball overseas as well as a degree in journalism.

Be a good student or an athlete?
Minjee Park, a student from Korea, had different experiences and had had to make a tough choice between being a good student or an athlete at a young age. Chronic asthma brought her into swimming, a sport she loved from the first minute and which also improved her health enormously. As soon as she became competitive, she had to decide if she wanted to excel in school or in the pool. "The fantastic opportunities I obtained through swimming forced me to think seriously about which direction my life would take. The pressure was on me to choose between being a student or an athlete, when what I really wanted was to be both; a path that did not exist".

Minjee's and the others' experiences were a key input in the formulation of the Busan Action Plan, which will be published shortly on .  
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