Nanjing, China – Eight young Guam athletes will march into the opening ceremony of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The second edition will be held from August 14-27, 2014 featuring thirty disciplines. Guam’s athletes will be competing in 3 on 3 Ladies Basketball, Judo, Wrestling and Golf.
The Youth Olympic Games are an elite sporting event for young people from all over the world. An event distinct from other youth sports events, as they also integrate a unique Culture and Education Programme (CEP), based around five main themes: Olympism, Social Responsibility, Skills Development, Expression and Well-being and Healthy Lifestyles.
Our delegation of athletes who departed for Nanjing on August 12 include female wrestler Mia Lahnee Aquino, golfers Nalathai Vongjalorn and Devin Hua, Judoka Vandric Jon Castro and Ladies 3 on 3 Basketball members Destiny Rae Castro, Felicia Jean Borja, Dyoni Raenae Quitugua and Kali Benavente. The mission staff includes Chef de Mission Kelly Blas, GNAC President Tasi Ada, Physiotherapist Ryan Claros, basketball coach Jine Han and judo coach Shuzo Matsumoto. The team is joined by Jerick Sablan from the Pacific Daily News who is taking part in the IOC’s Young Reporter Program.
Athletes were selected based on criteria provided by the International Olympic Committee and International Federation standards. Aquino qualified for the games through the Oceania Wrestling qualifying system. The ladies basketball team is one of twenty qualified Olympic nations selected for the games by FIBA. Universality invitations were received from the International Golf Federation and International Judo Federation.
According to the Youth Olympic Games website, away from the field of play and through a variety of fun and interactive activities, workshops and team-building exercises, the CEP gives the participating athletes the opportunity to learn about the Olympic values, explore other cultures and develop the skills to become true ambassadors of their sport.
Article from a press release.