A very special family success

A Coventry mother and her two sons have celebrated their special family success at competing in International Childeren’s Games. Mrs. McKeown and her sons Michael and Daniel all won Gold medals. Mother won her medal in Lausanne / Switzerland 1980 – 8 cities from Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France and England participated in the 9th Games.

Her son Michael won the Athens / Greece 2009 gold medal 1.500 m event and his younger brother Daniel won the same competition in this year Lanarkshire 2011 Games.

The family celebrated their achievements at an awards night held in Coventry when all of the other Coventry competitors who competed this year received their certificates from the Lord Mayor of Coventry Cllr Keiran Mulhall.

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Cllr John Mutton, who is a member of the ICG International Committee and has organised the Coventry team’s participation in the games since 1997 said:

When Mrs McKeown spoke to me while watching her son’s compete in this year’s games I was amazed to learn that she had also competed in the Interanational Children’s Games. This is probably unique in the history of the games and something that I thought we should celebrate.

Daegu is ready for the Games!

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With a happy Signing ceremony in Daegu the Mayor and ICG-President start the kickoff for 2012.

The Games in Daegu will take place from 12 to 17 July 2012.

Sport Entries: Athletics, Swimming, Tennis, Taekwondo, Table tennis, Football, Volleyball.

Daegu ICG 2012 is online. Please visit their website: www.icg-daegu2012.com

Thank you Kelowna

The first Winter Games outside of Europe in Kelowna/Canada with more than 500 young athletes have been excellent and unforgettable.

The first time ever Ice Hockey and Speed-Skating was offered and the special warm and great hospitality of the Kelwona citizens and organizers could be experienced.

Thank you Kelowna for wonderful and exciting days!

Work visit in Macau

After the meeting of the ICG Executive Committee in mid-November 2010 in Taiwan, two members (Vice president Igor Topole and member Maksimilijan Vecko) in return stopped for two days in Macau.

There they had a working meeting with representatives of the Macau Sport Development Board (Mr. Jose Tavares, vice-president, Mrs. Cristine Kia Lam Lin and Mr. Pereira Bernardino Lo).

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The main topics of discussions were the following:

  • Macau experiences with their presence in the ICG
  • The possibilities of future games in Macau
  • Their suggestions for changes in the games

ICG delegation visited Bangalore / India

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From 19th to 25th October Igor Topole, Richard Smith and Zlatko Kauran visited Bangalore / India. We were invited by Elvis Joseph from Bangalore School Sports Foundation to see Bangalore School Games.

We have seen sport competitions in 12 sports: Athletics, Archery, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Kabbadi, Rugby, Swimming, Skating, Tennis and Volleyball.

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It is estimated that there were more than 3000 children taking part. Competitions were organized well, opening and closing ceremony were very nice.

We had several talks with officials and member of parliament in order to see possibilities for Bangalore to organize ICG games in future. City of Bangalore has enough sport facilities to organize games, but they are so far apart from each other and traffic is so big, that at this moment we don’t see possibilities for the ICG games.

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Member of parliament promised to help in building infrastructure inside University Campus - sport facilities and dormitories.

IOC Reward for Metod Klemenc

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October 15 is considered to be the birthday of the Independent Olympic Movement in Slovenia. The peak of the event at the day of NOC was giving recognition awards to the honorary sports workers and officials.

The International Olympic Committee Recognition was given to Metod Klemenc, the founder of International Children’s Games in the 60’s of the last century.

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