Judges

Young Ambassadors

Mothusi Ramaabya

Mothusi Ramaabya

Mothusi Ramaabya is a natural orator and leader who brings about change through volunteerism in sport and promoting financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills among disadvantaged young people in his community. Mothusi, who holds a Bachelor of Finance degree, has received both national and international awards in marketing and represented Botswana as a Young Ambassador for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

Juan Sanchez

Juan Sanchez

Juan Sanchez represented Columbia as a Young Ambassador at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. He is currently studying design at university and took part in the 52nd International Session for Young Participants in Greece. When he isn’t studying, you can find Juan playing the bass guitar and exploring art theory in both industrial and graphic design.

Rashid Burnashev

Rashid Burnashev

Rashid Burnashev served as the Young Ambassador for Uzbekistan during the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. Back in Uzbekistan, Burnashev is a student at the Physical Culture and Sport Institute. When not studying, Burnashev spends his time coaching athletics to his fellow students at the Institute. As an athlete he participated in the Central Asia Championships in the 1,500m and 800m races. In addition to sport, he is musically talented on both the piano and the guitar.

Ana Jelusic

Ana Jelusic

Ana Jelusic was born in Rijeka, Croatia, in 1986 and started skiing at the age of two. She has since participated in three Olympic Winter Games, five World Championships, and two Junior World Championships, where she received medals. Additionally, she has participated in nine World Cup seasons, two of which were World Cup podiums. At the age of 24, she transitioned from being a professional athlete to achieving a career in sport. Ana served as the Croatian Young Ambassador for the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, after which she completed a nine-month internship with the IOC Sports Department. Ana now works as a Media Coordinator at the International Ski Federation.

Jessica Fox

Jessica Fox

Jessica Fox served as the Young Ambassador for Australia at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games following her gold medal success at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, Singapore 2010, followed by her silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games in canoe slalom. Fox serves as a motivational speaker for school children, businesses and sport functions when she is not training for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Fox was also a gold medal winner at the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival and the 2013 World Champion in C1 canoe slalom.

Sara Stokken Rott

Sara Stokken Rott

Sara Stokken Rott is a 17-year-old Norwegian living on the west coast of Norway, in Bergen. Sara is currently attending Nordahl Grieg High School and will be one of the local champions helping with the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games. In her spare time, she coaches children in gymnastics and participates in different sports such as cross-country skiing, hiking and running.

Young Reporters

Ivan Boyanov

Ivan Boyanov

Ivan Boyanov, 24, is a sports journalist who has been working for Bulgarian TV channel TV7 since 2010. He was part of the IOC’s Young Reporters Programme at the second Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing 2014, where he was named co-winner of the Steve Parry Award for the Best International Olympic Committee Young Reporter.

Krishna Athal

Krishna Athal

Krishna Athal was a Young Reporter for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 and has since received various leadership initiative awards from national and international bodies. Former chairman of the National Youth Council of Mauritius, he is an author, lover of poetry, photography, transformational leadership and modern political thought. He is currently president of YUVA (Youth United in Voluntary Action) and involved in politics at a national level.

Emilie Fekene

Emilie Fekene

Emilie Fekene, a Young Reporter in Nanjing 2014, was practically raised on skis in Norway. She loves to conquer the mountains by going Alpine skiing, downhill skiing or cross-country skiing. She is currently pursuing a degree in Project and Production Management for Television at Lillehammer University College, while giving Lillehammer 2016 a helping hand with sports presentation. She has worked as a mentor assistant in Nordisk Film TV for the show “The Voice-Norway’s best voice”, the sister series of the hit American reality singing talent hunt “The Voice”. She has covered many sporting events, her most memorable experience being the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup held in Kvitfjell, Norway.

Jade Webster

Jade Webster

Jade Webster is a young journalist based in the Cayman Islands. She joined the team of Young Reporters for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. Born to a Scottish mother and a Caymanian father, Jade‘s childhood dream was to be a journalist and travel the world. Given her enthusiasm and strong interpersonal skills, she was awarded the Communications Scholarship from the Cayman Islands Television Station in 2009 so that she could attend any university of her choice to pursue her dream of writing and reporting. She decided to study abroad and graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast News in 2013. She currently works as the Communication Officer of a non-profit organisation, the Young Caymanian Leadership Foundation, which focuses on the development of young people in the Cayman Islands. She is a former competitive swimmer, and, to maintain a healthy work-life balance, she practises yoga and loves to play flag football (a fast but less physical version of American football!).

Sonali Prasad

Sonali Prasad

Sonali Prasad was tapped to join the first group of young reporters for the first-ever Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010. She then went on to reporting on the first winter edition, Innsbruck 2012. This experience led her to receive a six-week internship at the London 2012 Olympic Games with the Press Association followed by working with the IOC Communications Department to report on the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games for Olympic.org. She is now a member of the IOC Press Commission, the first Young Reporter member of the panel. A Delhi native, Sonali moved to Singapore in 2008 to earn her university degree and lists tennis and squash as favourite sports to practise in her spare time!

Luke Dufficy

Luke Dufficy

One of Australia’s most promising young stars in the world of sport journalism, Luke joined the team of Young Reporters for the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 and went on to report on Innsbruck 2012, the first winter edition. This New South Wales native studied journalism at the Charles Stuart University in Bathurst and has not looked back since. With Youth Olympic and Olympic Games experience under his belt, Luke now works for Nine News in Australia. When not reporting, he is an avid sports fan in rugby league, football and cricket.

IOC Jury Members

Claudia Bokel

Claudia Bokel

As an Olympic silver medallist (Athens 2004) and former world champion (2001), German fencer (epee) Claudia Bokel was one of the top names in her sport. Since retiring from her competitive career, Claudia, who also has a Master of Science degree in chemistry, has remained within the Olympic family, and in 2012 she was elected as an IOC Member and served as an Athlete Role Model for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck. She was heavily involved in the Learn and Share programme during Nanjing 2014 and is also Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.

Angela Ruggiero

Angela Ruggiero

United States ice hockey player Angela Ruggiero holds Olympic medals of all colours, having won gold (1998), silver (2002 and 2010) and bronze (2006) having competed in four successive Olympic Winter Games. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University and a Master of Education in Sports Management from the University of Minnesota. Angela has been an IOC Member since 2010, is Vice-Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and is Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games. Angela is an author, TV analyst and personality and is active in her sport at a grass roots level.