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24 June 2010, 03:16 pm
ISAF Staff Celebrate Olympic Day
ISAF Staff celebrate Olympic Day
ISAF Staff Celebrate Olympic Day

Southampton, UK

Olympic Day was celebrated all around the world on 23 June 2010 with hundreds of thousands of people participating in sports activities. Staff from the ISAF Secretariat got involved, getting out on the water in Southampton, UK.
Clear blue skies and a steady 12 knots of wind set the scene for a fantastic evening sail for seven members of the ISAF team who took to the water in an RS Vision, a Laser and a B14. The ideal conditions and variety of boats suited all levels of experience and encouraged members of staff who rarely get out on the water, into a boat and enjoying themselves.

Symbolic Anniversary

Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris. The goal was to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability and over the last two decades, Olympic Day has helped to spread the Olympic ideals to every corner of the world.

Olympic Day is nowadays developing into much more than just a sports event. Based on the three pillars "move", "learn" and "discover", National Olympic Committees are deploying sports, cultural and educational activities. Some countries have incorporated the event into the school curriculum and, in recent years, many NOCs have added concerts and exhibitions to the celebration. Recent NOC activities have included meetings for children and young people with top athletes and the development of new web sites directing people to programmes in their neighbourhood.

IOC Women and Sport Awards

On the occasion of Olympic Day, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic family celebrated the 2010 Women and Sport Awards.

The official ceremony was held at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, in the presence of IOC President Jacques Rogge; Anita DeFrantz, IOC member and Chairperson of the IOC Women and Sport Commission; the members of the IOC Women and Sport Commission; IOC Executive Board members; and guests invited to take part in the Olympic Day celebrations.

The winners of the five continental 2010 Women and Sport Awards - five women and one man - include former Olympic medallists, sports leaders and political decision-makers who all have made a significant difference to boosting the development, participation and involvement of women and girls in sport around the world.

- IOC World Trophy: Erica Terpstra (Netherlands)
- IOC Trophy for Africa: Germaine Manguet (Guinea)
- IOC Trophy for the Americas: Leslie McDonald (Canada)
- IOC Trophy for Asia: Yuko Arimori (Japan)
- IOC Trophy for Europe: Grete Waitz (Norway)
- IOC Trophy for Oceania: Susan Simcock (New Zealand)

Read more about Olympic Day: http://www.olympic.org/en/content/Olympism-in-Action/At-grassroot-level/Olympic_Day_spreads_Olympic_values_worldwide/

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