Young Reporters encouraged to sign up for Pan-Am Games

Local reporters have a chance to train in Canada during a major sporting event.

The organizing committee for the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto, Canada next summer will be offering a Young Reporters Program. The initiative is designed for one person, aged 20-25, from each of the 41 countries and territories of the Americas participating in the Games.

The program mirrors what has been done at the Singapore 2010 and Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

Cayman will look to build on a successful stint in China this summer. The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee selected Jade Webster, 22, to attend the Nanjing Games and the young Caymanian journalist received the Steve Parry Award for being the Best International Olympic Committee Young Reporter at the event. Webster was selected by the IOC to represent the Americas in a three-week training program, where participants covered sports events and trained in all journalistic disciplines – magazine editorial, print, broadcast, photography and social media.

The Pan-Am program, which focuses on sports management and journalism training, will run on July 9 to 20, 2015 with participants arriving in Canada on July 8 and departing on July 21. Attendees will be housed at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto. Pre-Games training will begin in April 2015. Candidates, who must contact CIOC for application information, must be either enrolled in sport management or journalism programs at the university level or young professionals already working full-time in the news media industry.

The application deadline is January 9, 2015, with the local Olympic Committee expected to announce finalists in February.