TORONTO - Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced that three of Canada’s future sport leaders have been officially named as Canada’s representatives to the 2013 International Olympic Academy (IOA)’s Young Participants’ Session. Following the application process launched in March, Beijing 2008 Olympians Joshua Riker-Fox (Pentathlon) of Calgary, AB; and Ohenewa Akuffo (Wrestling) of Toronto, ON; as well as Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympian Elise Marcotte (Synchronized Swimming) of Quebec City, QC have all been chosen to attend the June 11-25 session in Olympia, Greece.
“Sport is an opportunity to foster leadership skills and we are proud to be sending Joshua, Ohenewa and Elise to the IOA as ambassadors of the outstanding community of athletes we have in Canada,” said Marcel Aubut, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “We wish them all the best in their journey and look forward to learning from their experiences.”
“I feel so blessed to have this incredible chance to join so many other athletes from around the world at the Academy,” said Riker-Fox. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for anyone and as an Olympian, I’m especially proud that I’ll be able to be right there in the middle of where the Olympic movement began.”
“There are so many wonderful benefits to Olympism and I can’t wait to join fellow-Olympians and other delegates from around the world to really dive into the study of them,” said Akuffo. “I would like to thank the COC for this amazing opportunity to expand my own horizons, and also to be of service to my community and my country with the incredible knowledge I will gain.”
“After two Olympic Games, you feel like a bit of an Olympic veteran but being sent to the birthplace of the Olympic Movement puts everything in a different perspective,” said Marcotte. “I am incredibly excited to go and I am confident that Ohenewa, Joshua and I will have an amazing learning experience there.”
The IOA unites some of the world’s most vibrant young leaders in sport and physical activity from approximately 100 nations. The session will focus on Olympic Legacy with a special look at the empowerment of Olympism through youth. This year’s theme will be: “The empowerment of Olympism through youth.”
During the session, all three delegates will be sharing their experiences via Twitter and interested parties can follow their adventure in Olympia via @EliseMarcotte, @JoshuaRikerFox, @WarriorOhenewa, through Olympic.ca, and the Canadian Olympic Team Facebook page.
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