Olympic 2016 is about to end, but the names of many athletes will be forever supporters' mind. Participating in Olympics is a proof of hard training and talents, from early stage in schools to professional carreer. Did you know that many of Olympians' names were once in in ISF championships records?
ISF championships are home for talents. ISF is working to support and give school sport athletes the best conditions of competition and self development. Every year, we welcome thousands of young athletes from all over the world in more than 20 different sports, help them step a step closer to the most prestigious Games on the planet.
If you have followed Gymnastics events, you absolutely saw know Rebeca Andrade de Rodrigues, Flavia Lopes Saraiva and Sergio Yoshio Sasaki Junior showing their most beautiful movements in gymnatics apparatus for their home country, Brazil. Also in gymnastics, Claudia Fragapane from the UK also did her best for "team GB". They all were participants in ISF Gymnasiade 2013, the biggest competition for school sport players all over the world, represented Brazilian School Sport Confederation (CBDE) and National Council for School Sports (NCSS) respectively.
In Volleyball, Aurea Esther "Aury" Cruz and Karina Ocasio played for their national team Puerto Rico. You might still remember them representing School Sport Federation of Puerto Rico, from ISF World Schools Champiosnships 2000 and 2002, when they had their very first international championships.
Amit Ivry is an Israeli swimmer competing in different swimming disciplines in this Olympic. She won a silver medal in Gymnasiade 2006 for Israeli Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.
Especially, French Olympian Kevin Mayer has just finished Decathlon event with a silver medal. He participated in Gymnasiade 2009 in Doha, Qatar.
Obviously, ISF tournaments are wonderful opportunities for youth to show their talents in the sports they love. ISF is proud of nurturing over 50 young athletes from 3 most recent Gymnasiades. They then became professional sport players in various international competitions, including Olympics. As we promote respect, fair play, non-discrimination, friendship, which are also the common values in Olympic, ISF championships make sure that all athletes have a fulfilled development in term of sport level as well as of social, open-minded, interactive behavior. We are expecting to spot more and more young talents in upcoming events.