Canadian Olympic Committee opens search for International Olympic Academy Young Participants

Toronto, ON, February 23, 2012

TORONTO, February 23, 2012 -The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) will send two Canadians between the ages of 20 and 35 to Olympia, Greece to experience the annual Young Participants Session at the International Olympic Academy (IOA).

The IOA unites some of the world’s most vibrant young leaders in sport and physical activity from approximately 100 nations. The session will take place from June 16 – 30, 2012 and will focus on Olympism with a special look at Olympic education. This year’s theme will be: “The enhancement of the principles of democracy throughout the course of the Olympic Movement”.

Applicants must possess an understanding of Olympism and experience in the Olympic Movement in Canada. Ideal candidates will exhibit leadership, knowledge and enthusiasm for the development of sport and physical activity and will possess a strong online presence. Successful applicants will need to demonstrate a proficiency in social media channels and the strength and reach of their social media influence as they will be required to provide social media updates and act as online ambassadors for the promotion of Olympism in Canada.