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First local athlete selected as ‘change-maker’ for Olympics


For the very first time, the British Virgin Islands has earned a spot among 80 athletes worldwide to be part of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Youth Change-makers Programme.

The IOC launched the programme (previously known as Young Ambassadors Programme) ahead of third staging of Youth Olympic Games which will be held in Argentina next October.

The IOC selected Virgin Gorda resident Keane George to be part of the elite 80 athletes.

“I am honoured to be selected and humbled because this will be a life-changing experience,” George said.

The Bregado Flax Educational Centre graduate said the experience to be gained will be used to encourage other youngsters.

“I hope to learn as much as possible and use that to inspire others to be the best that they can be,” he remarked.

Meanwhile, President of the BVI Olympic Committee Ephraim Penn congratulated George on the accomplishment.

“I have no doubt that he will do his best and most importantly come back to the territory and continue to help with the youth in the development of sport in the territory,” he noted.

As part of the Youth Change-makers Programme, George is expected to help promote the Youth Olympic Games and its values such as good sportsmanship.

After the Games, Youth Change-makers will be invited to remain do get more involved with the IOC.

According to a release for the BVI Olympic Committee, the Youth Change-makers Programme “aims to empower young people and support them to become change-makers in their community, using sport for a better world”.

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