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YSA Programming Begins This Week With 700 Participants


Seven local athletes began competition Thursday in Lausanne Switzerland begin their competition at the Youth Olympic Games. Among those celebrating and supporting those local athletes is the Youth Sports Alliance.

Youth Sports Alliance Executive Director Emily Fisher says the organization is excited that seven local junior athletes will be competing at the Youth Olympic Games.

“This was started by the International Olympic Committee to provide a high-level competition for those junior athletes and prepare them potentially for the next step of the Olympic Games,” Fisher continued. “So, really exciting that we have seven athletes. They’re representing three different local clubs, Park City Ski and Snowboard, Wasatch Luge Club and the UOP Bobsled and Skeleton club. Representing three different countries USA, Australia, and Colombia.”

Fisher says the event is even more elite than the Jr. Olympics.

“This is the same sports and disciplines that are at the Olympic Games, and it is an international instead of—Junior Olympics is typically just nationally—and this is an international,” Fisher said. “It's run by the International Olympic Committee so same organizing as the true Olympic Games.”

In other YSA news applications for the Spring scholarships will be available on YSA’s website starting on February 1st.

“Those spring scholarships are to cover postseason competitions and invitation camps,” Fisher explained. “So, if somebody qualifies for a major competition they weren't expecting and can't afford that, then they can apply for a spring scholarship. That's another part of our Stein Eriksen Endowment, over the past decade we've given out $660,000. Sixty-percent of that was given over the last three years when we could draw from that endowment.”

YSA will be supporting 700 students in their Activ8 and Get Out and Play programs starting this week. Development Director Jana Dalton says the alliance is also excited to continue their work in the South Summit School District.

“We've launched a learn to ski pilot program in South Summit,” Dalton continued. “So, 24 never-ever skiers will be heading to Park City Mountain on Mondays—that's our early release day—under the lights and will be trying skiing and snowboarding. So, we're very excited about that and thanks to Vail Epic Promise. They have agreed to increase that number to 64 students next year. So, the program is growing. South Summit does not have after school programming right now, so we're very excited to give those kids an opportunity to get out and play.”

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KPCW reporter David Boyle covers all things in the Heber Valley as well as sports and breaking news.
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