Commonwealth Youth Games

Taking place on the Caribbean island nation of The Bahamas from 18-23 July 2017, the Commonwealth Youth Games will be the largest international sporting event ever held in the Bahamas, bringing together over 1000 young athletes aged 14-18, who will represent their country and compete in 9 sports over 6 days. The Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games will see more young athletes than ever giving back to the global community, by harnessing sport as a tool for peace and development. 

The Royal Commonwealth Society together with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have designed a dynamic and inclusive programme of athlete engagement activities called Athlete Impact Labs.

The Commonwealth Youth Games Athlete Impact Labs are an official part of the Bahamas 2017 Cultural and Personal Development Programme, helping fulfil the Games' core ambition to strengthen the link between sporting competition, personal development and Commonwealth peace-building. 

Designed exclusively for athletes and officials at the Commonwealth Youth Games these sessions will cover topics including youth empowerment, integrity and personal values, youth participation in sport governance and how young role models can contribute to human rights and sustainable development. The aim to to help these young athletes and officials understand and explore how sport can be used to contribute to society and the rights of young people participating in and around sport. 

Launched in 2000 and now in its 6th edition, the Youth Games are a sustainable opportunity for smaller cities and nations to benefit from hosting a major sporting event, using predominantly preexisting venues (in Nassau's case, most events take place at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre) whilst also promoting an inclusive and positive youth and sustainable development agenda. 

With 50% of Commonwealth citizens aged 25 and under, the Youth Games play a important part in the Commonwealth's mission to advance democracy, development and respect for diversity through sport. 

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