(March 3, 2009) – Madelaine Germann and Caitlyn Hodgkinson of the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club just returned from representing the City of Kitchener and Canada at the 4th International Children’s Winter Games in Vevey-Montreaux, Switzerland!! The games took place February 19 – 22 2009 where over 500 young athletes from 42 cities from around the world competed. Though the International Children’s Games, for youth age 12-15 was first put on in 1968, this is only the fourth time there have been winter games.
Madelaine and Caitlyn both achieved personal best scores in their skates! Their volunteer coach Kim Biddiscombe and Skate Canada are so proud of these young athletes. The event included opening ceremonies, competition, a Gala event, closing ceremonies and athletes traded everything from pins to clothing.
The International Children’s Games are the largest multi-sport international youth games and is a recognized member of the International Olympic Committee. The event, founded by Slovenian professor Metod Klemenc to promote peace and friendship through sports, has been growing in popularity each year. The goal of the International Children's Games is to enable, develop and advance the meeting, understanding and friendship of students from different countries.
Congratulations to our Canadian skaters!
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Madelaine, Kim and Caitlyn
Caitlyn and Madelaine at Closing Ceremonies