Applications Open for National Session for Young Participants 2022 (NSYP 2022)


  • 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 (cc.  

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