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nication and rhetoric, and ethics and values within Norwegian sport. All participants from these first courses were invited to attend three follow-up courses that took place between January 2015 and January 2016, focusing on the Youth Olympic Games and Olympism. All participants were invited and encouraged to volunteer during Lillehammer 2016. Some participants took part in the organisation of the torch relay. In the following we will describe the participants who took part in the management course for young leaders.

Who were the volunteers participating in the young leaders programme? Of the 223 young people participating in one of the three start-up weekends, more than 100 dropped out before the Youth Olympic Games – 118 remained and signed up as volunteers. 103 of them answered (87.3% response rate) the survey questions before the Games and 90 after the Games (76.3% response rate). Table 16: Demographic overview – young leaders. Survey before (n=103)

Survey after (n=90)

%

(n)

%

(n)

Women

65.7

(67)

59.6

(53)

Men

34.3

(35)

40.4

(36)

Gender

Age 15–17 years

46.5

(47)

50.0

(45)

18–20 years

43.1

(44)

41.1

(37)

≥ 21 years

10.8

(11)

8.9

(8)

Place of residence Lillehammer

14.0

(14)

17.2

(15)

Other place in Oppland

15.0

(15)

13.8

(12)

Hedmark

16.0

(16)

14.9

(13)

Oslo/Akershus

20.0

(20)

23.0

(20)

Other place in Norway

35.0

(35)

31.0

(27)

According to NIF, more females participated in the young leaders programme, which is reflected in their involvement as volunteers during the Games. Among the 118 young leaders who were volunteers during the Youth Olympic Games, 66 percent were women and 34 percent men. Many participants were older than the age limit set by NIF (from 13 to 19 years old), but this is due to the fact that the programme started two years before the Games and that some of them had turned 20 once the Olympic flame was lit.

The young leaders programme

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Profile for Norges idrettshøgskole

Report: Volunteering at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016  

Report: Volunteering at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016