Zhang Xi ‘honoured’ to be Athlete Role Model in Nanjing
Nanjing, China, March 20, 2014 – Current beach volleyball
world champion Zhang Xi of China, has expressed her delight with her appointment
as Athlete Role Model for the second edition of the Youth Olympic Games in
“I am honoured to be chosen as the Athlete Role
Model (ARM) by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the second edition
of the Youth Olympic Games,” said Zhang Xi.
China’s Zhang Xi is one of the 37 Athlete Role Models (ARMs) who have been chosen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the second edition of the Youth Olympic Games. Selected by the 28 International Federations whose sports will feature at Nanjing 2014, the list comprises many legendary names from the world of sport, including Olympic and world champions.
As with the other Athlete Role Models, Zhang Xi will play a key role in supporting, mentoring and offering advice to the 3,800 young athletes who will be participating in the Games. Also on the list will be Athlete Role Models from the world of rugby sevens and golf, sports which will make their Youth Olympic Games debuts at Nanjing 2014 before appearing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The Youth Olympic Games will be a special time for Zhang Xi, who grew up in the host city of Nanjing and is currently studying at the Nanjing University to finish her graduate course in Law.
The main goal behind making the Athlete Role Models as accessible as possible is so they can share their experiences and inspire the young athletes to be the best they can be both on and off the field of play.
Athletes will be able to interact with their Athlete Role Models in the Youth Olympic Village and through a series of educational activities and workshops that will focus on skills development, healthy living, the environment and social responsibility and Olympic values.
Athletes at the Youth Olympic Games will get a
chance to converse with their role models behind the scenes during competition
time and also through informal chats in the Athlete’s Role Model’s lounge that
will be open to all participants.
“I am looking forward to this campaign,” said Zhang Xi. “It will be fun to have different interactions with young athletes and audiences. I will transfer to them a positive attitude. Sport is part of life. The most important thing is not to win but to participate and they will gain from the participation.”
Xi together with former partner
Chen Xue took the gold medal at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships
Mazury 2013 following a win at the Fuzhou Open in China at the beginning of the