NICOSIA, 25 May 2009 - As
well as taking on the organisation of the XIII Games of
the Small States of Europe, for the first time in the
history of the GSSE Cyprus will also be running a Youth
Camp between 1 and 6 June.
Sixteen teenagers aged
14-16 will participate in the camping programme which
will be coordinated by five volunteers.
This is a new venture, and
while you might expect it to be an added headache for
the organisers, the collaborator of the Cyprus Olympic
Committee and Head of the camping programme, clinical
dietician and athletic nutritionist Nicoleta Michaelidou,
assures us that it will be a pleasure to run.
the years we have organised sports camps where over 80
children have participated, so coordinating 16 kids
shouldn't be a problem. It is the first time we've
organised a Youth Camp specifically for the GSSE, but
both myself and my project partner Georgos Oxino
participated in the 1996 Atlanta Youth Camp as former
swimmers," said Ms Michaelidou.
The six-day camp has two
primary objectives, the first being to foster
friendships between the children, to give them the
opportunity to become familiar with each others'
cultures and to develop disciplines that are important
in the world of sport.
The second objective is to
treat the participants from abroad to some true Cypriot
hospitality. The teenagers will be staying in the GSP
youth hostel in Nicosia, and will be offered an
action-packed programme to keep them entertained, with
scheduled activities and excursions over the whole of
Cyprus, including trips to both seaside and mountain
areas to enable them to experience the island's natural
beauty at first hand and to give them a taste of the
The children will have the opportunity to
watch all the sporting events and will also take part in
the official ceremonies which will open and close the
Games. As they are all promising athletes, the programme
will of course encourage their own physical fitness by
including a period of gymnastics every morning to keep
them in good shape.