Kelowna youth to make a difference in African country

Rachelle Briscoe of Kelowna is one of 10 new SportWORKS officers being sent to countries in Africa and the Caribbean by Commonwealth Games Canada to make difference through the enhancement of sports development.

The SportWORKS officers will spend a year in their respective country's Commonwealth Games Association  building organizational capacity thorough various activities such as marketing and communications, office and governance, membership relations, sport development and games team preparations.

A joint initiative between Commonwealth Games Canada, the Commonwealth Games Federation and Olympic Solidarity, the program debuted in 2001, and since then, over 130 young Canadians have travelled to 30 developing countries to assist local CGAs.

Briscoe will spend her year in the African country of Uganda.

Dr. Andrew Pipe, president of CGC, stated: "Thousands of people and hundreds of communities have been positively impacted by our work in developing Commonwealth countries, using the transformative power of sport. CGC is proud to support our fellow CGA?s around the world with this capacity-building program. I congratulate our new officers on their appointments and thank them for the difference they will make in their respective communities."

The program focus on Africa in 2014 is due to a very busy schedule of Games in that region, including the Glasgow Commonwealth Games next July, as well as the African Youth Games in Botswana in May and the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in August 2014.

Colin Whitmee, CGC's manager of international programs,said: "The capacity support program provides exceptional young Canadians the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally over the course of a one year placement abroad.  In the process they leave behind a legacy of leadership, programming and infrastructure that will continue to impact their host organisation for years to come."

CGC is the only Canadian sport organization that delivers both high performance sport and sport for development programs in Canada and abroad. CGC leverages the transformative powers of sport to inspire Canadians to make a difference in communities across Canada and Commonwealth.

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