Lithuanian Olympic Academy session "The Athlete as a Role Model"
On November 14th at Klaipėda University (KU) the Lithuanian Olympic Academy session "The Athlete as a Role Model", aimed at students and the youth, took place. A welcome address was given by the rector of KU, prof. Artūras Razbadauskas. The session was chaired by LOA Vice-President prof. Algirdas Raslanas and LOA Council member, Head of the Department of Physical Education at KU, prof. Asta Šarkauskienė.
A mass of students, graduates and lecturers from KU, Lithuanian University of Sport, the Education Academy of Vytautas Magnus University, as well as Klaipėda Vytautas Magnus Gymnasium pupils with teacher Zita Sapiegaitė, 2018 LOA student camp participants, and members of the LOA Council convened in the KU Aula Magna conference hall. LOA Council member Ramūnė Motiejūnaitė read the report "Change in Attitudes towards Athletes. From Ancient Greece to present times". London and Rio OG participant long-distance runner Diana Lobačevskė spoke about shaping an athlete's image, the role of a coach in this process, and answered questions from the audience. Lithuanian Anti-Doping Agency representative Rima Valentienė, as always, gave an enthusiastic presentation enriched with visuals, entitled "Doping and the Responsibilities of the Athlete as a Role Model," and answered many questions that also interested Olympic athletes Gediminas Bagdonas and Ramūnas Navardauskas.
Klaipėda University 3rd year students had been assigned a task, as part of their teaching practice, to carry out events themed "The Athlete as a Role Model," so during the session they accounted for how they had fared.
Discussions were held in three working groups and moderated by Iveta Kaškevičiūtė (International Olympic Academy Youth Session (IOA YS) 2016 participant), Ramūnė Motiejūnaitė (IOA YS 2008 participant), Diana Krečienė (IOA YS 2018 participant), Asta Budreikaitė (IOA YS 2006 participant), Guoda Jonelytė (new member of LOA, 2018 student camp participant), Karolis Budava (Vilnius Business College, 2018 student camp participant). After presentations of the material prepared by the groups, discussion was summed up by prof. A. Šarkauskienė and prof. A. Raslanas.
This LOA session is the second step of the ongoing selection for the International Olympic Academy Youth Session 2019 in Greece. LOA Program Manager for Olympic Education Enriketa Prunskienė thanked the attendants for active participation and the lecturers of the KU Physical Education Department for their help in organising the youth session.