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The Mini Olympics Games

Updated on September 12, 2012

The Mini Olympics Games - A Weekend of Competition for Children Ages 8 to 14

The Mini Olympics Games event that takes place in our town is one of the many reasons that families with young children are attracted to settle here. Our city hosts many activities throughout the year, for people of all age groups, anything from hockey tournaments and carnivals in the winter, to soccer and swimming competitions in the summer. However the highlight of the year is definitiely the Mini Olympics Games!. And here are the reasons why.

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The Mini Olympics Games: A Three-Day Event

The Mini-Olympics Games are here! Get ready to cheer!

Our town's recreation department has been hosting the Mini-Olympics Games for more than 20 years. It takes place at our local sporting arena the first weekend in July. During this time, over 180 kids ages 8-14, 36 coaches, teens themselves age 15-19, and many devoted adult volunteers, who call themselves Team Canada, get together for the most fun-charged and memorable event of the year.The event is so popular, that there is usually a waiting list to get in. This 3 day activity involves 12 'national' teams competing against each other to obtain the much sought after Mini-Olympic medals. The national teams, each comprised of 15 players, with the ages of the children evenly distributed, are divided as follows: USA, Mexico and Brazil represent the Americas, Spain, France and Italy are the Mediterranean Group, Germany, Sweden and Great Britain are Western Europe and finally Egypt, Australia and Japan represent Afro Asia.

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The Mini Olympics Games Opening Ceremonies - The Cheering Begins!

The weekend begins with opening ceremonies in the same manner as the real olympic games. Every team struts out with the youngest participant holding their national flag in front of hundreds of proud parents, friends and onlookers. It continues with the Declaration of the Olympic Oath by all players, the Official Opening by our town's mayor ,and finally over 200 particpants get down! for the first warm up. Imagine watching over 200 people in a hockey arena doing an aerobic workout to the latest in pop music. Quite exhilerating!

Mini Olympics Games Day 1 Activities

The games begin!

The firstactivity is the marathon whereby the whole world participates in a 1/2 mile run. Scores are kept by the volunteers of Team Canada, who are also in charge of overseeing the whole event as well as making sure that all rules are followed.The other games played on the first night are the basketball throw, and either earthball or human foosball with the real fun to follow on Saturday and Sunday.

Mini Olympics Games Day 2 Activities - Semi-finals qualifications

Day 2 is an 8 hour fun filled day of competition between all teams in activities such as floor hockey, soccer, softball, long jump, high jump, relay races and scavanger hunts. It is a pleasure to witness the excitement that goes on by each and every participant as they move from event to event chanting their teams' rants and cheering for each other. As well, there are a few Team Canada members who are scouting the field looking for the handful of children whom will merit the awards for sportsmanship, team spirit and best all around athletes. By the end of day 2 the children usually have a good idea on how ther team will rank.

It takes a lot of commitment and manpower to organize the Mini-Olympics Games every year but it is well worth it! The children who have participated in the past can't wait for that special weekend to arrive. The new kids don't know what to expect but by the end of the weekend they are so impressed they don't want the event to end!

Mini Olympics Games Day 3

Go for the Gold!

Day 3qualifying teams head into the semi finals. The teams who have been eliminated from the major three events, being soccer, softball and floor hockey, continue with other competitions, the scavanger hunt, and are also encouraged to cheer on their colleagues. The last day winds down with the whole world participating in the potato sac race, ski race and tug of war.

This leads us into the Closing Ceremonies. Kids are provided a pizza dinner, and anxiously await the medal awards. There are certain teams which obviously do better than others, however because each event has a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place award, every child goes home with at least 1-2 medals. Some of the other awards that are given out are for best team cheer, best all around teams in medal count and, as well, individual awards go out to outstanding athletes and team players.

I remember a few years ago, when my son was around 8 years old, he told me that when he became too old to participate in the Mini-Olympics, that he wanted to volunteer to coach. Then, when he was too old to coach, he wanted to volunteer to help on Team Canada, and finally, when too old for that, he wanted to run the Mini-Olympics! I told him, son, I don't think that the current organizer is ready to turn over the reigns just yet. He is the biggest kid of them all!

The Mini-Olympic Games - A Most Memorable Sporting Event

I have yet to hear of other cities that holds a similar event but I am sure that there are. If you know of one, please tell us about it!

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View the Mini-Olympics Games Closing Ceremonies - Dancing to YMCA!

The much anticipated closing ceremonies are underway Over 200 participants congregate in the gym to give out the bronze, silver and gold medals to the deserving teams. At the same time, individual awards are distributed. The following video will give you a good idea of the degree of excitement that fills the gym.

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The Main Message of The Mini Olympics Games

It really doesn't matter how many medals you win. What is really important is how much fun you have and how much sportsmanship and team spirit you display. This message has become the essence of the Mini-Olympics Games and why it has become such a beloved event.

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The Ski Race - Last event of the Mini-Olympics Games

Thought I would share this video with you. This is one of the last competitions of the weekend. This ski race is a lot harder than it looks. Check what happens to the person on the end!

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Is physical ability and personal drive enough to succeed in the olympics? Or is money a factor?

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    • anonymous 6 years ago

      This looks really fun! My university is having a massive campus wide event at the end of the year and I would love to see the ski race there! But im wondering where you got the ski's?

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      • Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

        We tell our girls it takes Talent (physical ability), Desire (drive) and Opportunity (money). Full funding comes once selected for the team the year before, but they say it take 10,000 hours of practice to get there and that costs money.

      • Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

        Sadly, money is a huge factor in the early years. Once you get selected for the Olympic team (the year before Olympics) you get funding, but getting that far involves money. We tell our girls it takes Talent, Drive (can only come from them) and opportunity (which costs money).

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          How do you make the skis for the ski race?

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          maplesyrup59 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Our city haas been organizing this amazing event for over 25 years. Make sure that you have a lot of volunteers that will be on hand for the entire time. There are 180 kids divided up into 12 teams/countries. Always the same countries every year. World is divided into 4 parts; Americas, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Afro Asia The ages range between 8 and 14 evenly distributed. Some of the events are as follows: floor hockey, softball, soccer, high jump, long jump, races, scavenger hunt, basketball throw. There are opening and closing ceremonies as shown in the videos on the lens. Hope this helps a bit.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          my company, Kutting Edge Sports Consultancy, is hosting a mini Olympics for disadvataged children from 12 Childrens homes that will be competing at a local school. i could do with a lot of advice and ideas. thanks

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          enjoyed stopping by to read and see this.

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          Light-in-me 7 years ago

          What a great event, and a great and fun learning experience for children.

          Nice lens,

          Robin :)

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          thewishpearl 7 years ago

          @HorseAndPony LM: Welcome back! Yes this event is great. It is coming up again and this year my son will volunteer to be a coach, again! I enjoy watching it even though my kids don't participate anymore. Thanks for the blessing!

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          HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

          I'm back for a visit! This is such a great lens and event. Blessed! http://www.squidoo.com/horseandpony-squidangel

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          HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

          This is a great lens. The Mini-Olympics sound great. I would have loved this when I was a kid.

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          JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

          This sounds like a great idea! In my city, Chicago, we are trying to get the 2016 Olympics - we find out in just a few weeks!

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          Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

          These games look like a lot of fun.

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          Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

          These games look really fun. We are huge winter Olympic fans.

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          Heidi 7 years ago from Benson, IL

          I bet this is a lot of fun!

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          Andy 8 years ago from London, England

          Great lens.

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          Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

          Nice work Carol!

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          FunGifts4All 8 years ago

          Very nice lens. Thanks for sharing.

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          thewishpearl 8 years ago

          [in reply to Treasures-By-Brenda]

          Thank you Brenda, hope you enjoyed Canada Day!w

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          Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

          Nicely done, Carol & blessed by a SquidAngel.