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Reunion Beijing 2008

Reunion Beijing 2008

The Games of the XXIX Olympiad were in the far off capital of the Republic of China - Beijing, the IOAPA, with President Héctor Argüelles at the head, decided to organize the traditional reunion. These have been organized for more than 12 years at both Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

The reunion took place in the lecture hall of Beijing High School Number 4, a model school of the Chinese Education system. The IOAPA President organized the meeting in cooperation with the Pierre de Coubertin Committee, which facilitated the contact with the High School Number 4. Invitations were send a couple of months earlier with excellent feedback. Approximately 50 IOA past participants and IOAPA members replied so the expectations were big. On the day of reunion, Hector and I brought refreshments and food and made the room look friendlier. Mr. Guopeng Shi, professor of the High School Number 4, was a big help.

People arrived and the old IOA spirit reemerged. Familiar faces, old friends and new people met each other. Between 40 to 50 people, from all over the world attended and it was nice to see all of those active individuals smiling and having fun. We could truly say that the world was very small. People were exchanging stories and Olympic impressions.The participants were involved with Beijing Olymppic Games in many different ways, therefore there was a very enriching exchange of opinions and perspectives about the Games. After a while, the President of the IOAPA gave the opening speech and a warm welcome in the name of the IOAPA. Then we took a group photo, of course with a lot of smiles and fun. After the “formal meeting,” most went to a nice traditional Chinese restaurant for dinner. I think we all were amazed with the delicious and tasteful Chinese food – even though some of us were already there for 14 days or more. Afterward we went to downtown Beijing for a drink. The whole evening was fantastic! These meetings at the Olympic Games, are very beneficial. On the one hand, you see all your old friends from Olympia, and on the other, you meet many new people that make your friendship network even bigger, which is very important for many of us. All I can say – Let´s keep the spirit moving on!

Marko Levovnik. IOAPA Country co-ordinator. Beijing, August 2008

Reunion Torino 2006

Reunion Torino 2006

IOAPA members gathered twice during the Winter Games. The reunions were held at the Starhotel Majestic in Corso Vittorio Emanuele in Torino on February 11 and 16. IOAPA was represented by Héctor Argüelles (website officer) and Carlo Farrugia (trasurer) respectively. In those reunions IOAPA members had the opportunity to exchange their experiences in the Games and to renew old friendship over some food and drinks.
Reunion Athens 2004

Reunion Athens 2004

It was a memorable reunion for everyone who attended! The event was held on Sunday 22 August from 14:00 to 17:00 at the Athens Tennis Club (The Visa Olympians Reunion Center), just a short walk from the 1896 Panathenaic Stadium. Members of IOAPA took turns welcoming the estimated 100+ guests to the reunion. It was exciting to see so many friends from around the world, some of whom we had not seen for years! Represented were Kostas Georgiadis (Dean of the IOA), lecturers, participants, and guests.

A special presentation was made to the (former) IOAPA President, Laurel Brassey-Iversen, for her years of dedication to the IOA, IOAPA, and the Olympic Movement. Laurel was a member of the 1980 USA women’s volleyball team that was not allowed to participate in the Moscow Olympic Games; however, she remained active in the sport and earned a place on the 1988 volleyball team which competed in Seoul, South Korea.

Good food, good drink, and good conversation made for an exceptional day in Athens! The warmth of the Greek sun matched the warmth of our enduring friendships.