During the Easter Camp a total of 43 young athletes between 16 and 22 years of age took part in the workshops and sessions of the project „Sport respects your rights“ in the Sportcenter of Schielleiten, Styria.
The projects steering group within the Austrian Athletic Federation has designed an exciting one-week-program full of interesting sessions around the topic and phyiscal exercises as well. Under the leadership of OELV’s experts Veronika Scheuer, Tanja Eberhart, Paul Gruber und Christian Ponz the young athletes from all over Austria had the chance to get in involved in this challenging project.
To increase the knowledge about and around the topic, to exchange experiences and discuss thoughts and meanings in a peer-group and to create a campaign to reach more youngsters within the Austrian Athletics family were the goals of the week. And they were fullfilled very well with large engagement of each participant and the workshop leaders.
The German Sport Youth is happy about a successful start to the “Sport respects your rights” Workshops in Germany!
From the 11th to 13th of April, the Youth-sport organization of Saxony-Anhalt organized the first of six youth workshops, which the German Sport Youth is responsible for. Together with 14 young people they learned about the prevention of sexualized violence in sport and the specificity of the problems in the sport club settings. In the next workshop the participants are going to plan their own campaign against sexualized violence. Similar workshops for the German Sport Youth are taking place in the region of Fribourg and Rhineland-Palatinate.
The Austrian Athletics Federation continued the series in its periodical online-magazine. In the issue April 2014 the reader of this magazine can inform themselves about an event of the club “100% Sport”, about the shooting of a video during the National Indoor Championships, the preparations for the big Easter Camp and the nomination of a responsible person for gender affaires in the Council of the Federation.
Link to the issue April 2014:
Video-Shooting in Linz
To have a really good teaser, attract interest for the youth workshops during the OELV Easter Camp and reach a bigger community with the topic, the Austrian Atheltics project group for “Sport respects your rights” decided to produce a short video clip. The shooting took place during the National Indoor Championships with full support of the Federation’s leadership. For the main parts of the film they were able to recruit well-known personalities within the Austrian sports movement. Austrian Athletics Sportsdirector Hannes Gruber and the two current best athletes, Beate Schrott (100m hurdles, Olympic finalist, London 2012) and Andreas Vojta (1500m, Olympic participant, London 2012), talked about the project, the topic itself, the responsibility of coaches and the upcoming activities in spring and summer 2014.
Through the excellent job of Veronika and Paul, two of the Federation’s multipliers for this project, who led through the whole video and engaged several athletes for short statements during the shooting an excellent production was possible.
As scheduled the video of the Austrian Athletics Federation was presented in the opening session of the Easter Camp, April 12-18, in Schielleiten/Styria. Furthermore the video was published as the top-news of the Federation’s webpage and on the two Facebook pages of the Federation (ÖLV Youth and Austrian Athletics).
On January 30th -31st 2014 the club “100% Sport”, the Austrian plattform for expertise in the field of gender equality in sports, invited representatives of all Austrian Sport Federations to a seminar entitled “The violation of personal boundaires in sports”. The topic of sexual and gender harassment in sports, which had been addressed by “100% Sport” through a panel discussion in late 2013, found a continuation at this event. Through several expert speaches, group work settings and plenary sessions the participants, including representatives of Sportunion Österreich and the Austrian Athletics Federation, were able to exchange experiences and voice opinions and needs in this repect. A catalog of necessary next steps to prevent sexualised violence in the organised sport setting was brainstormed by the participants and conlcuded that action in this field is necessary and urgent!