The 15th IOAPA Conference was held between 15th and 22nd July 2017 at the IOA premises in Olympia.
In total 21 participants from 14 countries attended in Olympia.
The International Olympic Academy continued to provide an ideal place for participants to exchange ideas, recall experiences, play sports and other activities. Participants also presented their work, sharing Olympic and sport experiences, whilst receiving feedback from international peers.
A lot of interesting issues were discussed during the session. Read the Report for all the details.
IOAPA Members at the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy
The International University Sports Federation’s (FISU) Volunteer Leaders Academy takes place for the first time on 2–8 July 2017, as a legacy of Kazan 2013 Summer Universiade. 91 FISU member federations are represented with 110 participants. The aim of academy is to inspire young people who are involved in university sport to be the “leaders of tomorrow”, pursuing the motto “Excellence in Mind and Body”. Participants from all over the world are accommodated in the Universiade Village while the educational activities are hosted in the Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism (FISU International Education Centre during the Universiade), which provides a special atmosphere to the event.
Experts from FISU, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Universiade and FIFA World Cup Organising Committees, EF Education First, Foundation of Sports and Olympism, Serbian Olympic Committee and JTA Company share their experience and knowledge in sport volunteering and leadership with the volunteer leaders. Lectures, workshops, panel discussions, networking activities, group discussions and projects are organised throughout the 7 days of the academy, which help the participants to improve their skills and competencies that are essential for the acting a leader in sport.
The academy has been opened on 3 July with a very colourful ceremony by FISU President Oleg Matytsin, President of Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin and the Ambassador for the Winter Universiade Krasnoyarsk 2019, Alexei Yagudin.
Participants have the chance to address questions and recommendations to FISU, IOC and other represented organisations in sport and volunteering, as well as to share their experiences and projects. Different questions around Olympism, the Olympic Games and volunteering at Olympic events are discussed during the workshops and panel discussion. Head of Sport Partnerships and Coordination at the IOC, Jenny Mann shared her own story about volunteering and gave advices to the young volunteers how to contribute to the organisation of a successful event.
The young volunteer leaders have the privilege to discover the Russian and Tatar culture, as well as to learn about the Universiades and Olympic Games through a guided tour in the world’s only Universiade Museum, which has a rich collection about these events. The final outcome of the academy is to prepare a draft program for the International Day of University Sport, which is celebrated every year all around the world on 20 September.
The academy is attended by the IOAPA Country Coordinator for Hungary, Anna Edes and IOAPA member from Uruguay, Joaquin Mones Pritsch.
The dates for the upcoming IOAPA session are now set: 15-22 July 2017.
Full information about program, registration and accommodation in Athens and Olympia will follow shortly. As in previous years, IOAPA will provide bus transportation from Athens to Olympia and back. For those of you that would like to book your flights, please find the necessary information below:
July 16th 8am: departure by bus from central Athens to the IOA premises in Ancient Olympia. IOAPA will help coordinate accommodation in Athens for the night of July 15th in advance of our departure to Olympia on the 16th.
July 22nd at noon: arrival by bus in central Athens from Ancient Olympia. If you wish to fly out of Athens on the same July 22nd, any flight departing from Athens Airport at 2pm or later that day should be feasible.
We look forward to welcoming you in Greece for one more exciting IOAPA session.
You have been selected to participate in the next IOA Session for Young Participants and we want to congratulate you!
You now have the distinct privilege and honour to participate in this year's session. We are certain that you are excited about the special experience upon which you are about to embark. As a student of the Olympic Movement, you will find that the lOA is all that you might have expected, and more: an international academic centre dedicated to the study of Olympism located on a picturesque campus surrounded by rolling hills and set in the quaint village of Ancient Olympia!
You will visit the ruins of the Games of Antiquity, where this great tradition began in 776 B.C. And you will be able to stand at the starting line where the ancients took their place in the original Olympic Stadium, which came alive again when the shot-put event of the 2004 Olympic Games was held there.
But perhaps most important is the opportunity that you will have to be a goodwill ambassador for your country. The lOA is truly a forum for international exchange of views, information and cultural practices, and you will have an experience of a lifetime meeting and befriending people from all over the world.
Upon your return, we would be very interested in hearing about experience in the form of a brief submission (no more than five pages) to include (1) a summary of your experience, (2) recommendations for future participants, (3) a proposal for a practical project that will integrate Olympism into your future endeavours and (4) a sampling of your favourite photos. Your submission will be compiled as a permanent record of participants' reports that will be available to benefit future generations of lOA participants.
We are also happy to provide this IOA Orientation Manual in the hopes that the information will be helpful in your preparation for the lOA Session.
Best wishes for a safe journey, and a successful and memorable experience in Greece!