Wednesday, August 4, 2010 Singapore supports The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games

Singapore's birthday -- a lot of us look forward to the arrival of the month of August because of this. The anticipation just shows in our actions: August 1 is when most of us start congratulating Singapore for another fruitful year and wishing it blessings for the years to come. Of course, Singapore didn't forget -- we're just as ecstatic about this important event this year as the one before, really. Have you noticed?

There's no way we'll forget in the first place -- our calendar's always working hard for us. "Working hard" is an understatement even as it's the main thing that keeps us competitive enough for our avid readers' tastes. It's actually the reason why we're taking today away from career issues to talk about the first ever Youth Olympic Games (YOG) which will be held in Singapore from 14 to 26. You owe our calendar something...

3,600 athletes are expected to take part; we're pretty sure YOG will leave a legacy -- something that will be felt long after it has ended. With a committee that comprises of talented and well-rounded individuals, success just seems inevitable for the event.

To show our support for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, through JobsDB Campus, we've interviewed four young Singaporeans from The Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee ( SYOGOC) to find out their exciting roles there. We'd like to introduce to you Ren Kai, Kelly, Diyana and Manavi.

"Being an athlete myself, how could I not want to be part of this national event?" Ren Kai is an Athlete Role Model Programme Manager for the Culture and Education Programme (CEP) at SYOGOC. Right now, he's busy planning schedules for the Athlete Role Models (ARMs) based on their interest and availability. He'll also be the one to ensure that ARMs understand the objective of the CEP activities so that they'll get the best learning experience, at games time. What does he look forward to the most for YOG? The life lessons it can instill to the youth. "I'm looking forward to seeing YOG open the eyes of many young athletes to different aspects of sporting life. It will be great to be part of the experience which helps them prepare for the future when they scale greater heights and have to cope with additional stresses in life. "

As a Sport Presentation Specialist, Kelly is a full-time employee at SYOGOC. She's set to be the sport presenter at the venues for the swimming and handball activities. She describes her job as very dynamic and looks forward to a lot of things for the first ever YOG. "It will be fun meeting the athletes and the big names in sports. I am excited to start getting into the nitty gritty and making sure everything works. Everything is going to be completely new, for me and for Singapore. It's going to be fantastic."

Diyana has always been interested in volunteering, so when her school, Nanyang, called for volunteers for YOG, she decided to sign up. Set to carry the medals and mascots that will be presented to the winners of the competition, the victory ceremonies are what she looks forward to the most for the YOG. "I watched the Beijing Olympic Games on television and I was imagining what it would be like to be one of the medal bearers. They all looked very good. I'm also very keen to watch sports like Fencing because it's not everyday that you get to watch such sports."

Manavi is also a volunteer for YOG. A Spanish language interpreter, it's her duty to introduce Spanish athletes to the HortPark where they'll learn about Singapore. She gets a big deal of motivation from her position. "I enjoy being able to use the skills I have learnt in an exciting context. I'm also looking forward to interacting with athletes and getting involved in the first-ever Youth Olympic Games."

You can read more about Ren Kai, Kelly, Diyana and Manavi on Career Advice at

Athlete or not, you can show your support for YOG at

Sporting is in the air. Watch out for our interview with STELLA WONG, Senior Manager, Sales and Sponsorship (Sports Marketing Group) at Singapore Sports Council tomorrow. Singapore
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