ZOC Confirms Team for 2014 Youth Olympic Games
The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee has confirmed the members of Team Zimbabwe to participate at the Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG)to be staged in Nanjing, China from 16 – 28 August 2014. 10 athletes, 6 officials and a Young Ambassador have been confirmed as follows:
Chef de Mission: Titus Zvomuya
Young Ambassador: Rukudzo Gona
Lorna Riley (Official)
Mary Joy Mudyiravanji
Briad Nhubu (Official)
Charley Crockart (Official)
Daniella Du Toit
Joanne Swanepoel (Official)
Pamela Fulton (Official)
The athletes will join other approximately 3800 young athletes from all over the world who have qualified or received invitation to participate at the 2nd Edition of the Games: they will also be expected to take part in the cultural and educational programme that forms the integral part of the YOG concept.
The YOG, intended for athletes between the ages of 14 and 18, were founded by former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge. The games incorporate multidisciplinary sport with education and culture, as a means of bringing together young people from all over the world to participate in elite events that teach positive values, reignite interest in physical activity, and build respect and friendship. The Culture and Education Programme (CEP) is a critical component where participants will learn about global issues, be involved in well-being and healthy lifestyle activities, get an opportunity to “Chat with Champions” and interact with athlete role models.
Zimbabwe participated at the inaugural games held in Singapore in 2010, where 27 athletes took part in 5 events, namely Athletics, Cycling, Equestrian, Football and Triathlon. Yara Hanssen won a Bronze medal in the Team Jumping event in Equestrian.