Sport has allowed me to meet many people, exchange ideas, and be the person I am today.
#whitecard; #peaceandsport; #CFP;
In 2016 after the Olympic Games in Rio, I had the opportunity to come back once again to organize an Amadonsa camp with the youngest of the Agbodrafo region. A commitment that has been close to my heart for many years and allows Togolese children to participate for a few days in sports activities and do workshops around the water cycle and respect for the environment. Jean Simedo, one of the first animators I met, continues the programs I started over ten years ago. He is a very important person because he transmits the values of sport and peace to the youngest. It is not easy to get involved every day, to give of your time, but it is essential to pass on to new generations who will continue what we have started. Sport has allowed me to meet many people, exchange ideas, and be the person I am today.
Comlan Simedo, passionate about water sports, I participated in Benjamin Boukpeti’s AMADONSA camp, which allowed me to acquire many skills to now manage my rowing-kayak club and to pass on to the youngest Togolese.
Through the Donsa Racing sports camps that I have set up, I wish to promote sports education as a development tool and offer moments of joy and camaraderie and thus develop better self-confidence and avoid bad influences
We are in South Africa in one of Bethlehem’s biggest townships, and we shared our last couple of hours with the kids from the Club that we created a few years ago….
July 2008, With my team, we are preparing to take off in the afternoon for the Beijing Olympics. We are in South Africa in one of Bethlehem's biggest townships, and we shared our last couple of hours with the kids from the Club that we created a few years ago.
That day, we gathered all the children ahead of our departure.
- Cameron, Olympian and the best South African athlete, asks the children: "Who is the essential person in the Club? ".
- Manpenene replies: "you because you go to Olympics!
Cameron then asks her, "Who permitted you to come kayaking at this Club? ". Manpenene replies: "Hendrick and abulene"!
Cameron asks the other kids the same question again, and it's always the same answer: "Hendrick and Jabulene!" "...
Cameron concludes by saying that ultimately the most influential people in this Club are not those who will shine at the Olympics.
The most important is the "Group" and not "the" person.
You all are part of our Olympics journey because you keep the Club alive: attracting new young people every year! You are "us," and we will be "you" at the Olympics. It is the DNA of our Club! A social engagement together!
A few weeks after the Olympic Games, Benjamin Boukpeti, who had benefited from exceptional training conditions in South Africa and participated in creating this Club, came back to share his Olympic medal with the Club kids! That day all the young people understood that this medal was theirs and contributed to Cameron, Lindelani, Siboniso, and Benjamin's success!
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