Through the NOC Athletes’ Commission Activity Grant, up to USD 10,000 per NOC AC per year is available to help fund new initiatives and boost athlete representation
The Ukrainian NOC AC is one of many using the support to empower its athletes, via a series of workshops and seminars
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PER NOC AC PER YEAR AVAILABLE TO NOCS ON APPLICATIONS
At the 2019 International Athletes’ Forum one of the nine recommendations submitted to the IOC as a result of the Forum was focused on strengthening direct financial support for continental and NOC athletes’ commissions.
After the Forum, the Olympic Solidarity Commission outlined a plan that would see subsidies of up to USD 10,000 per NOC AC per year available to NOCs on application. As of 1 January 2020, this has become a reality. NOCs from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania have been applying for activity grant funding for their ACs, and we are beginning to see the fruits of projects that have since been developed.
Innovative workshops for Ukrainian athletes
One prominent example is the Ukrainian NOC’s AC. Chaired by Olympic bronze medal-winning triple jumper Olga Saladukha, the AC has used the funding to build on its successful “Sport Camp & More” educational project. With the financial help of the NOC AC grant, the Commission has planned a series of workshops and seminars throughout the course of 2020 on different topics, to help support its athletes on and off the field of play.
The first workshop, entitled “Thinking of the Winner”, was due to be held in late March, but the global COVID-19 health crisis prevented it from going ahead as planned. However, in an innovative move, the NOC AC switched the workshop from a physical to an online webinar format, which was a big success, attracting over 60 elite athletes and coaches in Ukraine. The session was delivered by self-improvement trainer Yitzhak Pintosevich, and explored tips on how to set goals and priorities.
SELF-EDUCATION IS ONE OF THE IMPORTANT COMPONENTS OF ATHLETES’ SUCCESS. IT IS A STEP TOWARDS VICTORIES. IN SUCH A DIFFICULT TIME, IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO FOCUS YOUR EFFORTS ON EDUCATION AND SELF-IMPROVEMENT
Education and self-improvement
Ukrainian NOC President Sergey Bubka attended the workshop and supported the online format. “Self-education is one of the important components of athletes’ success,” he said afterwards. “It is a step towards victories. In such a difficult time, it is an opportunity to focus your efforts on education and self-improvement. After all, knowledge is the most important treasure one has. The IOC pays a lot of attention to the education of athletes during and after their sports career. This gives them the opportunity to quickly integrate into life after sports.”
The Ukrainian NOC AC organised its second online workshop on 13 April, holding a session on how athletes and coaches can successfully and safely use social media. Later in the year, the Commission will hold a session on media and communication for athletes, before organising a special workshop on athletes’ entourages.