The Mini Olympics Games
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.
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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My family is very sport's oriented. My husband and children are soccer fanatics and I am an avid tennis player and spectator.I also make it a point to attend the gym faithfully at least 3 times a week. We believe that sports are a major contributor to one's health and well being.
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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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