Youth Olympic Games a springboard for athletes and Young Reporters alike
LAUSANNE, Jan 9 – One of the pleasures of watching the Youth Olympic Games over the past decade has been seeing young hopefuls develop into fully fledged Olympians.
But it is not just the athletes who have used the YOG as a springboard to success: the reporters from the IOC’s Young Reporters programme have been making the leap from aspiring journalists to the top of their trade.
“What’s been wonderful about the programme has been watching them grow up and do remarkable things,” said Australian ABC sports journalist Tracey Holmes, a mentor on the programme since its inception.
“The mission for the IOC was to have a media programme running in conjunction with the YOG. The idea of the Games is to give young people opportunities and so they decided to give recent graduates, or those who’ve just started in the industry, the chance to be exposed to the Olympics at ground level.
“At that first YOG [Singapore 2010], there were athletes who went on to became Olympians and, in the same way, the Young Reporters were getting good jobs and then reporting on them winning medals. Sometimes they remember each other, and that’s fabulous.”