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Edit by. Jason Whang | Published. 2017.12.21 20:30 | Count : 660
The 12 members of the PyeongChang Youth Ambassadors Program were chosen by the Education Team at the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Games from a competitive pool of high school and university students to represent the youth of South Korea at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. I am privileged to be part of this prestigious program.
The program is sponsored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and facilitated by Ms. Dahye Kim, the South Korean Youth Ambassador to the 2014 Nanjing Summer Youth Olympics Games. This program is classified as a “Gold Level Act” where the YAs are equipped with the task of proposing a project within the framework of four themes – Healthy and Active Living, Inclusion, Peace and Development, and Sustainability – and submitting it for grant support from the IOC. The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Games (POCOG) has asked the team to promote the upcoming Winter Olympics as part of our project. 
Ms. Dahye Kim at the 2017 Korea Education Fair for Future (KINTEX – 25 NOV 2017)
In July this year, the Youth Ambassadors attended a workshop at Gangwon-do to discuss and plan the proposal. Through the overnight retreat, the YAs were able to break the ice and bond, creating a strong team chemistry.
Following the retreat, the Youth Ambassadors talked frequently and tirelessly put together a proposal with the purpose of empowering the youth through sports. The Youth Ambassadors hosted three events at COEX Mall, Lotte World Tower, and KINTEX carrying out diverse activities ranging from hashtag events to experiencing different Olympic sports.
Through the activities that we have organized and executed, many people are now more familiar with lesser well-known events such as wheelchair curling. We have also simplified complex sports such as curling and biathlons to a simple, tangible experience for all. We prepared a virtual reality (VR) experience allowing for users to test the slopes of the ski jump virtually. Our team worked towards inclusion, one of the four themes of a Gold level project, aiming for everyone to have a quality Olympic experience. One visitor expressed her satisfaction of the VR experience and how she felt as if she was on the actual slopes of the ski jump. She was “proud” to see such advancements in technology and felt that “[VR] was an excellent way” in giving a quality Olympic experience among Koreans. 
Ski Jump VR Activity
Simplified Biathlon Activity
Wheelchair Curling Activity
During my service as a Youth Ambassador, I have interacted with many people of different backgrounds and worked with a team with individuals of different fundamentals. However, by overcoming each and every obstacle as a team, I have learned to open up and learned to work around our differences. The program not only allowed us to promote the excitement and diversity of the Olympic Games, but it enabled us to become better citizens and leaders within our community.
2018 PyeongChang Olympics & Paralympics Youth Ambassadors Team
The 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympics will be held at PyeongChang, South Korea from the 9 February to 25 February 2018 (Olympics) and 8 March to 18 March 2018 (Paralympics). Tickets are now available online (https://tickets.pyeongchang2018.com/) and offline.

Jason Whang
Grade 10
Seoul Foreign School

Jason Whang  student_reporter@dherald.com

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