A four-day camp organised by the Lithuanian Olympic Academy, entitled "Olympic Values in Student Life", brought together active youths with an interest in sports and Olympic values from 9 Lithuanian higher education institutions. In the camp they listened attentively to lecturers talking about the history and organisaton of the Olympic Games (Ramūnė Motiejūnaitė, doctoral student at the University of Peloponnese), disabled sports and its challenges (Mindaugas Bilius, President of the Lithuanian Paralympic Committee, Paralympic champion), doping use problems (Rima Valentienė, education and information manager at the Lithuanian Anti-Doping Agency), volunteering in sports (Diana Krečienė, PE teacher), posed a myriad of questions and discussed.
Camp participants were happy about the opportunity provided by the event's coordinators (LOA directorate staff members Enriketa Prunskienė and Ramūnė Motiejūnaitė) to become directly acquainted with sports such as biathlon, artistic gymnastics, fencing, alpine skiing, showdown, orienteering and boxing, and try them out.
With the help of coach Vygantas Mockūnas, camp participants tried playing showdown at the Lithuanian Training Centre for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Night orienteering allowed the students to get to know Vilnius more closely.
At the biathlon shooting-range in Nemenčinė (Vilnius District Municipality Sports School) participants were greeted by Rokas Suslavičius, member of the Lithuanian national team, and Marijan Kačanovski, head of the sports school and biathlon veteran, who not only presented an interesting introduction to their sport, but also organised a competition for the camp participants.
The characteristics, requirements and rules of artistic gymnastics were introduced by Vilnius City Sports Centre coaches Jevgenijus Izmodenovas, Inga Levanienė ir Laura Švilpaitė (competitor at the London Olympics). Various exercises were demonstrated not only by the young gymnasts of VCSC, but also by the Olympian Robert Tvorogal. Youth camp participants eagerly exercised with the athletes, tested themselves on some of the apparatus, discussed about the relationship between sports and profession. VCSC director Marius Jukonis invited to get to know other sports pursued in the centre next year.
Fencing was introduced by Edvinas Krungolcas, modern pentathlon vice-champion at the Beijing Olympics. Everyone had the chance to touch a foil, a helmet, parts of Edvinas' fencing attire and learn the elements of this sport's basics.
"Ski Academy" instructors taught alpine skiing and snowboarding basics using the newest revolving ski slopes. Richard Schrijer, founder of the academy, told how skiing simulators allow one to learn skiing even without any snow.
Boxing coach Aleksandras Baranovas led energetic work-outs for two mornings and invited to the "City Boxing" club, too. Camp participants found boxing elements very exciting. Discussons, active group work pleased the organisers. In the evenings everyone would gather to watch movies on Olympic, anti-doping topics.
Camp participants took an interest in the programs carried out by the Lithuanian Olympic Academy, the sessions and trainings organised by the International Olympic Academy.
Caught moments from the camp can be found here.