Three figure skaters and a boys hockey team will be Hamilton’s flag bearers when the 7th International Children’s Winter Games get underway in Innsbruck, Austria, Jan. 12-16.
Alistair Lam, 14, Lauren Wong, 14, and Brianna Luciani, 13, from the Hamilton Skating Club, will join the Major Bantam AAA Hamilton Huskies in the competitions for children between the ages of 12 and 15, representing 54 cities from 22 countries on four continents. Eight sporting disciplines will be performed at seven venues with more than 30 medal competitions over the four days.
Lam is a national level skater (since age 11) and Wong and Luciani are sectional level skaters. Accompanying the skaters will be coach Christy Baltzer. The figure skaters will compete as International Skating Union (ISU) Advance Novice competitors.
The International Children’s Games (ICG) were founded in 1968 to create a better world based on friendship and sports, bringing young people from different countries together. The games are attended by cities (not countries) who have hosted it. Hamilton made history when, in 1994, the first games were held outside of Europe as well as being the initial winter games.
The summer and winter children’s games are sanctioned under the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Innsbruck is the first city to stage an Olympic hat trick. Following the 1964 and 1976 Winter Games, the Olympic flame was back in town in 2012 for the first-ever Youth Winter Olympics. And for the athletes, the experience goes beyond the competitions. Organizers have planned a program offering music, films, dance, training and relaxation.