Today I am beyond excited to announce that I have been nominated by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and appointed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to be the Young Ambassador (YA) for the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
My role as YA will be to promote the YOG as well as encourage the athletes to take part in the Learn and Share activities. These activates are based around 5 key themes: Olympism, skill development, well-being and healthy lifestyle, social responsibility and expression through digital media.
I am very fortunate to be heading back to Lillehammer in a role where I can give back to the sporting community that has already given me so much. Above all else I look forward to helping the next generation of Olympic champions reach their full potential on and off the field of play.
I’d like to take a moment to say how proud I am to be joining the Canadian Olympic Committee as a One Team Ambassador. The One Team program is focused on promoting the anti-discrimination of LGBTQ athletes and coaches.
I feel very strongly about this issue because I am a member of the LGBTQ community and for my entire athletic career I struggled to accept my own sexuality. I know first hand how burdensome it is to hide ones true self. I also know that this is a lonely ordeal and today I hope to help end the silence.
Sport has the unique ability to bring all types of people together in pursuit of a common goal. Athletes should expect to encounter many struggles and barriers through their journey in sport but who they choose to love should not be one of them.
This is the first step of many, but it is an important one.
What a privilege for me to be able to support an amazing organization such as Right To Play.