Atthe conclusion of today's program the presentation of the winners of the second FIS SnowKidz Award will take place to recognize and promote the best examples of bringing children to the snow in varying national circumstances.
From among 21 applications received from as many National Ski Associations, eight projects have been selected as finalists for the prize.
The following projects were selected by the Jury consisting of Satu Kalajainen (FIN), representing the FIS Youth & Children's' Coordination Group, Antoine Goetschy, the head of the Youth Olympic Games at the IOC, and Riet R Campell (SUI), President of International Ski Instructors' Association, for the final round (in alphabetical order of the NSA):
- DSV Schoolsport Concept (GER)
- Everyone on Snow (SWE)
- Five Days of Snow and Fun (PAK)
- Kids on Snow (BEL)
- Snow Camp (GBR)
- Snow Day Every Day (BLR)
- SnowKidz Czech Republic (CZE)
- School Marathon in Pokljuka (SLO)
Satu Kalajainen is delighted about the evolution of the FIS SnowKidz Award and the large variety of candidatures received.
"I was overwhelmed by the number of projects put in place during the short life-cycle of the SnowKidz Award initiative and feel privileged to develop further insight into the project. In general, we have seen an increase in events combining various FIS disciplines offering more opportunities for children to get involved in snow sports. I would also like to encourage the member National Ski Associations to cooperate and share best practices about their initiatives currently in place.
During the past World Cup season, FIS SnowKidz has been greatly noticed especially as part of the FIS Nordic disciplines. With children able to participate in prize-giving ceremonies for the World Cup athletes, lifelong memories are created and the passion for ski sports lit in their hearts. A path to follow into the future!"