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FIS Youth and Childrens Seminar Ready

16th FIS Youth and Childrens Seminar set to get underway
On the 26th September the 16th FIS Youth and Children’s Seminar will take place during the FIS Autumn Meetings in Zurich (SUI).

Over the years the Seminar has covered a wide variety of topics relating to youth and snow sports including social media, parenting, long term development of athletes, engaging children in sports and the introduction of the FIS Bring Children to the Snow campaign. For the 16th edition the Seminar will cover the important topic of Athlete Wellbeing and Safeguarding from Harassment and Abuse.

The topic of Safeguarding will be especially poignant following the decision of the 51st FIS Congress to adopt new safeguarding policies. FIS Lead Welfare Officer and Vice Chair of the FIS Medical Committee Jenny Shute commented “I am delighted to see so many nations represented in the attendance list, and very excited that the foremost global experts in this crucial area of athlete wellbeing have agreed to participate in the Seminar. We are aiming to raise awareness and provide tools for the National Ski Associations to set up their own policies so that all athletes are able to participate in our sport in a fun and safe environment.”

To aid the understanding of Safeguarding and how policies can be implemented, a series of guest speakers have been invited to present. The guest presenters include Anne Tiivas OBE (Director of Safe Sport International), Jenny Shute (FIS Lead Welfare Officer and Vice Chair of the FIS Medical Committee) and Håvard Øvregård (Adviser responsible for work against sexual harassment and abuse for the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committees and Norwegian Confederation of Sports). Hannah Kearney, Vice Chair of the FIS Athletes Commission, and FIS Council member, will also be participating. As well as presenting, the guest speakers will conduct a workshop for the National Ski Associations. They will be aided by Susan Greinig (IOC Medical Programmes Manager and Toolkit co-author) and Kirsty Burrows (IOC Safeguarding Toolkit co-author).

The FIS Youth and Children’s Seminar has become a great success over the years and with 125 participants from 39 countries this trend is set to continue.