I am excited to share news the COC sent last week. Ohenawa Akuffo (Wrestling), Elise Marcotte (Synchronized Swimming) and myself are going to Greece to attend a conference that brings about 200 athletes from around the world together for two weeks (June 11 - 25).
I have seen pictures of the campus and it looks amazing. It is complete with Olympic history, including the bid books from every Games. I am pumped to read and touch history, and to meet athletes from around the world (in a more relaxed setting than I've typically encountered). Dr. Brown, a professor of mine through university encouraged me to attend for years, and he'd spent 7 weeks there during his Graduate work out of the University of Western Ontario. I feel so blessed that I now have an opportunity. The COC President, Marcel Aubut, emailed with the opening line (!):
Congratulations! On behalf of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), we are pleased to inform you that you have been selected to attend the 2013 International Olympic Academy (IOA) for Young Participants.
If you are curious about the International Olympic Academy, its website is http://www.ioa.org.gr/. I am learning what lies ahead and will share the experience while in the session!