The mayor is active for the World Championships

(Oslo, 27 January 2010) Today was the kick off of the “Aktiv til VM” (Active for WSC) project. 180 children from Rommen School joined the mayor and representatives from FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011, the Association for the Promotion of Skiing and the Norwegian Ski Association.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing you become good skiers. One day perhaps, one of you will be ready to jump at Holmenkollen or another might be the fastest in Norway,” said mayor Fabian Stang to the children, before he officially opened the Active for WSC project. 

The mayor came to Rommen School in full skiing gear and joined the children in some fun racing. Afterwards the children raced the adults.
Åsne Havnelid of WSC 2011, secretary general of the Norwegian Ski Association Bård A. Amundsen and representatives from Statoil were thoroughly beaten by the fast schoolchildren.
This is the second time the first and second year pupils at Rommen School have had a ski school with the Association for the Promotion of Skiing, but they have already become very good at skiing.
“I’ve only done it once before, but I think I can be good,” said Firat.
“I’ve done some skiing at the cabin, and I’ve done slalom skiing too, so I’m getting good,” adds Tin.

The two boys were impressed by Snurle Team from Kollenhopp, who put on a display for everyone. The jumpers did both forward and backward somersaults in front of the astonished children.

Important ambassadors
Fabian Stang was also very impressed by Marius, Jens, Jonas, William, Lars, Halvor and Oscar from Kollenhopp, and was in excited discussion with the boys about building a water jump at Holmenkollen.
“These boys are important ambassadors for us and for the sport of skiing,” said an obviously enthusiastic mayor.
He explained that he enjoys skiing himself and he thinks the project to activate over 200,000 children is fantastically important, perhaps especially for those with an immigrant background.

“First of all, it is important because it will bring lifelong pleasure, but it is also important that everyone learns to ski because Norway is a skiing nation, and those who have not been born or brought up here don’t relate to it in the same way as we do. Skiing should not be something foreign. When they have learned to ski, they can decide for themselves whether they want to keep it up. The most important thing is that they should have the choice.”

FIS Nordic WSC in Oslo in 2011 has set itself the goal of not just spreading the joys of winter among competitors and the public, but also helping children and young people throughout Norway to find their skiing form. Through the Active for WSC project, more than 200,000 children and young people will have the opportunity to develop their skiing as they look forward to FIS Nordic WSC 2011 in Oslo.

Contact person:
Project manager Håkon Dahl of the Association for the Promotion of Skiing, tel. 922 08 328