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    Friday 19 October 2012

    Before, I never thought such a small step could have such huge benefits. But through my experiences I now realize that each small step has led me to so many great opportunities.

    My name is Francisco Colomar, but almost everyone calls me “Xicu”. Feel free to refer to me as Xicu. I am a 23 year-old athlete from Spain and I have traveled to many places in the world through sports. I started practicing athletics when I was 6 years old because I was an extremely active kid and my parents couldn’t keep me calm. They said: “we’ll ...

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  • Volunteers have responsibilities, should they have rights too?

    Wednesday 26 September 2012

    According to surveys, around 100 million (think about that number for a moment) young European citizens volunteer for various causes, including sport, across the continent. And four out of five European citizens acknowledge that volunteering is an integral part of democratic life in Europe.

    Despite the importance of volunteering for young Europeans, many face obstacles when affecting their voluntary activities.

    The recent meeting of the European Youth Forum launched a campaign for outlining the rights of volunteers in the hope of creating a legal framework to support their work and contribution to society.

    The Forum, an organisation established by national ...

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  • My Olympic Experience

    Thursday 16 August 2012

    The 2012 Olympics were the first time I was directly involved with the Games. I had hoped to compete at the 2000 Games in Sydney and again at the 2004 Games in Athens, but both times I did not make the qualifying standard for my event, the triple jump. As taking part in the Olympics is the be-all and end-all for an athlete, it was really heart breaking to have to watch those on Games on TV.

    This year I got my chance to go to London and it was one of the most exciting experiences of my life. I ...

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