• Develop the leadership capacity of young sportspersons 
  • Introduce participants to Olympism and its ideals and increase their knowledge of Olympic  issues 
  • Provide a forum for young sportspersons to engage in dialogue on issues of relevance in  sport 
  • Identify potential candidates to attend the annual IOA International Session for Young  Olympic Ambassadors (previously called the International Session for Young Participants) 

Main Topic 

Sport and the Pandemic: Challenges, opportunities and changes for Barbados and the Caribbean 

Keynote Address 

COVID-19: A test of the resilience of sporting organizations 

Session Topics 

  • Planning Sporting Events in a Pandemic 
  • Protection and Participation: Considerations for safety in sport 
  • Managing Athlete Mental Health During and Post Pandemic 
  • Physical Literacy: Physical Education for sustainable sport 
  • The Impact of the Pandemic on Youth Athletes and their Future in Sport
  • Medals or Movement: Funding elite sport or a focus on development? 
  • The Role of Technology in Caribbean Sport in the Post Pandemic Period
  • Reshaping Sporting Federations for a Post Pandemic World 
  • Reengaging the Stakeholders in Sport 


To be announced 

Dates & Times 

Saturday, 20 August 2022: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Sunday, 21 August 2022: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Criteria for Selection 

  • Candidates must be between the ages of 20 and 30 
  • Candidates must be active in their respective National Federation 
  • Candidates should have a genuine interest in the educational aspects of the activities  organized in the course of the Session and should have shown a special interest in the aims  of the National Olympic Academy and Barbados Olympic Association, as well asin current issues of Olympism 
  • Individuals who have previously attended an IOA International Session for Young  Participants or a National Session for Young Participants are not eligible to apply 

Selection Process 

  • 20 candidates will be selected to participate in the NSYP 
    • Selection will be on a first come, first served basis* 
  • Participants interested in being selected to attend an IOA Session will undergo a further  screening process 
    • Review of CV and motivational letter 
    • Interview 
  • A maximum of 6 participants will be selected for consideration for a subsequent IOA  Session 
    • Each will be required to deliver a presentation at NSYP 2022 
  • A maximum of 2 participants (1 male and/or 1 female) will be selected and recommended  to attend a subsequent IOA Session 

*Gender balance and distribution across National Federations will be considered 

Application Documents 

Interested applicants are required to submit the following: 

  • Motivational letter 
    • describing their involvement in sport 
    • explaining their interest in attending NSYP 2021 
    • explaining their interest in attending an IOA Session, where applicable
    • Curriculum vitae 
  • Passport size photograph 
  • Copy of birth certificate 
  • Letter of endorsement from the applicant’s National Federation 


Applications should be sent to the Director, National Olympic Academy, at  vdcadogan@olympic.org.bb (cc. info@olympic.org.bb).  

The deadline for submission of ALL documents is Friday, 15 July 2022.

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