Bridging Cultural Gaps
How Ahmed Helped Snow Sports and Snow Sports Helped Him
Whether it’s the Olympics, a World Cup or a local event, volunteers are essential to success. Thankfully, Bring Children to the Snow events have some of the best volunteers and here at FIS we have the privilege to hear a lot of great stories about them. But every now and then a story comes along that is different. This is one such story, this is the story of Ahmed.
Born in Sweden to Somali parents, Ahmed discovered snow sports as a participant in Alla på snö (Everyone on Snow). A registered FIS SnowKidz Organiser, Alla på snö is Sweden’s national programme to introduce new children to snow sports. The programme achieves this vision by staging events throughout Sweden that allow children to overcome their fear of snow sports. Ahmed took full advantage of this and within a short space of time took to snow sports with full enthusiasm.
After enjoying the events and activities Ahmed sought to continue participating in Alla på snö. Now in high school, Ahmed decided to join the Leaders On Snow programme. Leaders On Snow is a special programme within Alla på snö that allows high school students to voluntarily donate their time to lead Alla på snö activities. When asked about being a leader, Ahmed responded:
“Because I was allowed to lead groups and use my experience to lead a group, it has been rewarding and insightful. Also, since some of the participating children speak Somali I can help them better. Explaining in Somali and Swedish how to do the “pizza slice” on skis has been fun.”
During his time as a Leader on Snow, Ahmed has had a number of special moments. When asked about his most special he recalls a time when a child did not want to try skiing because of a fear of injury. Ahmed spent time with the young student and eventually motivated him to slide a small distance on skis. Within seconds the 4th grader found the joy in the sport and was hooked. The young boy approach Ahmed after the event, said thank you and explained to Ahmed that he had motivated him to continue.
Now 19 years old Ahmed has completed high school and the Leaders On Snow programme. His time, dedication and enthusiasm are a testament to the value of volunteers and how snow sports, like other sports, are bridge between cultural gaps.
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