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Meet the Judges - Antoine Goetschy


International Olympic Committee
The FIS SnowKidz Award has gained substantial momentum over its four year existence. The Award not only recognizes the best efforts to bring children to the snow but is also symbolizes a unified effort to reverse the general decline in youth snow sports participation.

One of the key components of the Award are the judges. For the last FIS SnowKidz Award the organizing team looked to incorporate various stakeholders in the snow sports industry in order to provide the most objective judgment of the events. FIS is happy to announce that all of the judges from the 2012 edition of the Award – Antoine Goetschy, Riet R. Campell and Satu Kalajainen – have returned and will judge the 2014 edition of the FIS SnowKidz Award. The FIS SnowKidz news will introduce you the outstanding people that make up the judging panel in a series of articles called meet the judges. First up Head of Youth Olympic Games Coordination and Bid City Relations, Antoine Goetschy.

As a 3 time White Water Kayaking World Champion Antoine’s passion for sport begun at a young age and is carried by him to this day. In 1981 Antoine begun his career in the management and oragnisation of sports when he became president of the Kayaking Club of Lyon – La Mulatière. From there he quickly rose to many prominent positions including Member of the Athlete’s Commission of the French National Olympic Committee, CEO of National French Canoe Federation and Secretary General of the International Canoe Federation (ICF). In 2007 Antoine began working for the International Olympic Committee as Head of Competitions and Operations for Youth Olympic Games. In 2011 he moved into his current position as Head of Youth Head of Youth Olympic Games Coordination and Bid City Relations.

Whilst having a strong connection to Kayaking Antoine’s love for snow sports has always been omni present. Like so many snow sports enthusiasts he began at a young age. Growing up in France the French Alps provided great opportunities for Alpine skiing. But it was Cross-Country skiing that was his love. He competed on a national level and the Cross-Country training provided great training for kayaking. Presently Antoine regularly enjoys recreational alpine and cross-country skiing and takes every opportunity he can to do this with his family.

When asked about being a judge of the FIS SnowKidz Award Antoine commented “The FIS took a great initiative in creating the FIS Snowkidz Award and I am very pleased and honored to be part of the jury for the second time. I believe that, beyond the awards that can only recognise few, this shows the tremendous role that all National Federations and their Clubs are playing worldwide in inspiring and educating kids through sport and the positive contribution they are bringing to the community”.

For more information on the FIS SnowKidz Award and FIS SnowKidz click here.

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