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National Olympic Academy launches jingles, mascot competition

National Olympic Academy launches jingles, mascot competition

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The National Olympic Academy is launching a Sports and the Environment campaign with a jingles and mascot competition.

At a press conference held on Monday at the Olympic House at Kingstown Park, The Academy announced that the competition is an effort to heighten this Country’s awareness of the importance of the environment in sports.{{more}}

According to the Academy, the educational arm of the National Olympic Committee, the contests are open to all Vincentians and runs from March 21st April 21st.

The jingle must relate to sports and the environment in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and must not be more than one minute long. The mascot is expected to reflect the essence of sports and the environment, it must be attractive, appealing, and a source of motivation to Vincentians.

Submissions to the contest must be sent to the National Olympic Academy at P.O. Box 1644, Kingstown Park, to reach no later than April 21st 2007. Prizes will be awarded to the top winners.

The Competitions are part of a Campaign funded by the International Olympic Committee to highlight the effects that a healthy environment can have on athletes.

Last year, two members of the academy, Benedict Charles and Joel Poyer attended training in Jamaica and Costa Rica respectively relating to sports and the environment.

Speaking at Monday’s press conference, mention was made of some things that have negative effects on athletes, include the use of chemicals and tethering of animals on playing fields. The use of environmentally friendly substances at sporting facilities and the proper nutrition of athletes were encouraged.

The Academy plans to pay visits to schools and other sporting bodies to highlight these issues, and promote the competitions.

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