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    WOA and GSD award first grants to the National Olympians Associations of Chile and Dominica

    Monaco, 09 October 2013 – The World Olympians Association [WOA], the member organisation of all Olympians established to help support Olympians around the world and promote Olympism in the community, has activated its partnership with Global Sports Development [GSD], a US based Foundation that promotes fair play, education, and the physical and social benefits of sport for young people around the world.

    Global Sports Development has supported the WOA by providing funding for the WOA to distribute to its National Olympians Associations [NOAs] around the world and it was announced today that the first two grants of USD $5,000 each, have been awarded to the NOAs of Chile and Dominica.

    The Chilean Olympians Association will use the grant to fund The Curacautin Children’s Athletics Project, a sports programme that will help grow school athletics in the southern Chilean city of Curacautin by providing training equipment, sports clothing and trained teachers to support lessons and athletic activities and teach children about the risks associated with drugs, alcohol and sedentary lifestyles.

    The Dominican Olympians Association will use the funds to support the Making a Difference Through Athletics project which similarly focusses on the promotion of healthy lifestyles and sporting culture while helping to stop the descent of young people into gang violence.

    The WOA and GSD will now look to fund more projects of a similar nature in the years ahead.

    Joël Bouzou, President of the WOA, said: “The WOA is delighted to award these grants to the NOAs of Chile and Dominica and it’s fantastic that young people in these nations will benefit directly. Hopefully this is the start of a long-term fruitful partnership with Global Sports Development and together we can continue to aid the development of aspiring sports stars around the world while using sport and Olympic ideals as a catalyst for positive social change.”

    Steven Ungerleider, Executive Board Member of Global Sports Development, said: “We believe that these are very important projects that fit in perfectly with our objective of providing more opportunities through sport for young people around the world.”

    David Ulich, Executive Board Member of Global Sports Development, said: “We are delighted to join forces with the WOA and feel that by uniting our resources with Olympians in communities around the world, we will have a significant impact on the lives of young people who need it the most.”

    Patrick Singleton, WOA Treasurer and Board Member, said: “It’s very satisfying that the WOA is now able to distribute and properly administer these funds transparently and effectively to such wonderful causes. The aim is to continue to develop and grow the WOA’s revenue streams so the organisation can continue to support projects of benefit to society run by Olympians from all corners of the globe.”

    Cedric Harris, President, Dominican Olympians Association, said: “We are very grateful for this grant and we are eagerly looking forward to putting it to good use. We believe that participation in sport is a key factor in the social development of young people and learning the values of Olympism will help them to grow as sports men and women and as citizens.”

    Sebastian Keitel Bianchi, President, Chilean Olympians Association, said: “This grant will help our NOA enormously and we are very thankful to receive it. Together with the WOA we will continue to work very hard to help those who need our support. All young people deserve to have the opportunity to participate in sport and to benefit from sport and this grant will help us to make this a reality.”


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    Please find attached a low resolution image of young people participating in The Curacautin Children’s Athletics Project in Curacautin, Chile.

    About the World Olympians Association:

    The World Olympians Association [WOA] is an independent, non-governmental international organisation founded in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1995. It was established to unite Olympians and promote Olympism by bringing the Olympians of the world together and encouraging their involvement in public service.

    The WOA consists of one National Olympians Association per country with a recognised National Olympic Committee. Currently, 142 countries have affiliated National Olympians Associations, which consist of the Olympians in that country. The WOA has been successful in running Olympian Reunion Centres at both Summer and Winter Olympic Games, as well as many national and international programmes in support of Olympism in the community. The new vision is linked to the development of all year round programmes of activities, particularly using digital media, involving the WOA and Olympians. Further details will be announced in due course.

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