New Hamburg’s Sam Whiteside is headed for Beijing.
Whiteside will be one of a two of Canadians headed to the 2008 Olympic Youth Camp.
The camp is designed to give youth 16 to 18-years-old a first hand look at the Olympic games, and to experiences and cultures with other youth from around the world.
The Beijing Organizing Committee has allocated two spots, one male and one female, for every country competing in the Olympics.
All expenses are paid for the youth attending.
To qualify for the camp, the youth must have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and community contribution.
They must also have a working knowledge of Canadian Olympic Values.
They must also be able to communicate in French and English.
The program runs between Aug. 2 and Aug. 18.
There were a total of 26 nominations.
The camp takes place at the China Youth Centre for International Exchange. It is located in Liangma, which is 15 kms from the Olympic Stadium.
Full details on Whiteside’s trip appear in this week’s Independent.