Unveil of Torch & Community Cauldron Design & Open Application for Torchbearers
Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame: Unveiling of the Torch and Community Cauldron Design / Opening of Public Application for Torchbearers
12 Mar 2010
Come August 2010, some 2,400 Singaporeans will get the chance to be a part of the nation’s history as the Youth Olympic Flame arrives in Singapore for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (Singapore 2010) Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame (JYOF).
As the Youth Olympic Flame journeys around Singapore in a 6-day torch relay, Singaporeans will be participating as torchbearers or cheering on their fellow community torchbearers in the first-ever Olympic Games torch relay in Singapore.
Mr NG Ser Miang, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice-President and Chairman of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) said, “The Olympic Flame represents the values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect, and is one of the most important and recognisable symbol of the Olympic Movement. It will be an unforgettable experience to carry the Flame or just to witness its journey round Singapore. I invite all of you to be part of this journey.”
Be a Torchbearer
Torchbearers are the ambassadors of the Olympic Flame – expressing the spirit of Olympism and inspiring others to embrace this ideal. A torchbearer for the Singapore 2010 JYOF must embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.
From 12 March to 15 April 2010, Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents aged 12 years old and above (born on or before 1 January 1999) may apply to SYOGOC to be a Singapore 2010 JYOF torchbearer. They have to complete an online form at the Million Deeds Challenge website (www.milliondeeds.sg), and share how they live the Olympic values through deeds of Excellence, Friendship and Respect in their life.
About 560 torchbearers will be selected by random ballot through this channel, and SYOGOC will inform the selected torchbearers in June 2010.
In addition, SYOGOC is working with various communities in Singapore to select other torchbearers such as students and national servicemen. In all, about 85% of the torchbearers will be the public, both as individuals and members of the various communities.
Cheer the Flame!
Besides participating in the Singapore 2010 JYOF as a torchbearer, schools, organisations and the community are encouraged to organise activities to bring Singaporeans together to Cheer the Flame! and the torchbearers as the Youth Olympic Flame passes through various parts of Singapore.
A community celebration will end off each relay day and everyone, especially those who have missed the torch relay that day, are invited to join in the celebrations where the community cauldron will be lit with the Youth Olympic Flame.
Unveiling of the JYOF Torch and Introduction of First Two Student Torchbearers
Senior Minister GOH Chok Tong, joined by students and teachers from NorthLight School, unveiled the torch for the Singapore 2010 JYOF and the design of the community cauldron at the school today.
The torch will be carried by the torchbearers for the torch relay for the Singapore JYOF, and also by the participants of the torch pass ceremony at each of the five international cities that the Youth Olympic Flame will travel to. The community cauldron will be used to hold the Youth Olympic Flame at the community celebration site.
The first two student torchbearers for the Singapore 2010 JYOF, LEE Chuan Jie, 16, and NORADLINA Bte Abdul Hadi, 15, from NorthLight School were also introduced today at the event, where they shared their thoughts on what it meant to them to be selected as torchbearers.
For more information on the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame, please visit www.singapore2010.sg/jyof
About Singapore 2010 – Blazing the Trail
Singapore will be hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) from 14 to 26 August 2010. The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games will receive some 5,000 athletes and officials from 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), along with estimated 1,200 media representatives, 20,000 local and international volunteers, and more than 500,000 spectators. Young athletes – aged between 14 and 18 years – will compete in 26 sports and take part in a Culture and Education Programme.
The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games aims to inspire youth around the world to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect. It will create a lasting sports, culture and education legacy for Singapore and youths from around the world, as well as enhance and elevate the sporting culture locally and regionally.
Issued by: Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee
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