EHF Hall of Famer, double Olympic gold medallist and hockey legend Teun de Nooijer has been selected as hockey’s Athlete Role Model (ARM) for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games, which are taking place 16-28 August in Nanjing, China. Teun is one of 37 ARMs chosen by The International Olympic Committee (IOC) from a list of athletes nominated by the 28 International Federations whose sports will feature at Nanjing 2014.
The Dutch superstar, who represented the Netherlands a record-breaking 453 times, is one of many legendary names from the world of sport, including Olympic and world champions. In Nanjing, they will play a key role in supporting, mentoring and offering advice to the 3,800 young athletes who will be participating in the Games. Also on the list will be ARMs from the world of rugby sevens and golf, sports which will make their YOG debuts at Nanjing 2014, before appearing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Teun and his fellow ARMs will be accessible to the athletes both in the Youth Olympic Village and during a series of educational activities and workshops that will focus on areas such as skills development, how to lead healthy lifestyles, environment and social responsibility and Olympism.
Photograph: EHL/Frank Uijlenbroek (c)
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