Buenos Aires 2018
The Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires will host the third edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in October, 2018. Athletes between 15-18 years old from 206 countries are set to compete in 32 sports as the stars of tomorrow get their chance to shine on the Olympic stage.
Australia are set to take a team of close to 100 athletes who will compete in a range of sports. Following on from successful Youth Olympic Games campaigns in Singapore in 2010 (32 medals) and Nanjing in 2014 (26 medals) the Aussie team will be again challenging for the podium. Australia’s previous YOG teams have produced such Olympic heroes as dual Games medallist Jessica Fox, Rio 2016 Olympic Champion Kyle Chalmers and four-time Rio medallist Emma McKeon. Buenos Aires 2018 will no doubt unearth plenty of young guns pushing for Tokyo 2020 and beyond.
The Games will feature four new sports in Sport Climbing and Karate, which are set for their Olympic debut in Tokyo, as well as Break Dancing and Roller Sports. The Games will not only provide a platform for athletes to compete against one another but also provide educational opportunities for the athletes to learn about Olympism and its values.
"Feel the future" is the slogan for Buenos Aires 2018. The slogan highlights the hope that the strict gender equality of this year's edition will inspire a better world through sport and be an example of passion, coexistence and unity in diversity.
The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games vision is “to celebrate the best games BY the youth FOR the youth, FOR the neighborhoods, FOR Buenos Aires, FOR Argentina and FOR the world”.
Among the 76 Young Change-Makers from around the world will be Australian Rio 2016 Modern Pentathlon gold medalist Chloe Esposito. As a Young Change-Maker, Chloe will have the opportunity to mentor the next generation of elite athletes and encourage them to take part in a unique programme of activites and workshops, featuring sessions on injury prevention, anti-doping, careers in sport and media training.
Dual fencing Olympian Evelyn Halls will be the Chef de Mission leading the young Australian team into the Youth Olympic Games.