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Successful first edition of the Generations Games in Rotterdam

27/06/2012
Successful first edition of the Generations Games in Rotterdam

The first edition of the Generation Games took place on Saturday 23 June in the city centre of Rotterdam.

Teams made up of different generations, including grandparents, children and parents took part in a wide variety of sporting activities such as judo, football, tennis, rowing, korfball and chess.

The Generation Games are a sporting event for, with and by generations. Experience and young talent join forces on the day and collaboration between different age groups is the focus of attention. It is this interaction between generations that is of great value: young people can inspire and learn from their elders and vice versa.

The event had three subcategories: the Decathlon, Clinics and the Sports Quiz. During the Generation Games Decathlon, teams could score on ten different sporting activities, which were spread out over a 4 kilometre route through the city. The sports activities included: tennis, soccer, inline-skating, korfball, judo, cycling, fitness, chess/checkers, rowing and field hockey.

Many famous athletes were present and gave demonstrations and clinics for all generations: Francisco Elson, the first Dutchman to win an NBA title; Esther Vergeer, who won 42 Grand Slams and 5 Paralympics titles and has been the number one wheelchair tennis player since 1999; Soufiane Touzani, freestyle soccer player, and Deborah Gravenstijn, Olympic medallist in judo.

A special moment during the day was linked to the European project generations@school. Children, together with their parents and grandparents had an inspiring dialogue with Olga Commandeur, an Olympic athlete who is well known for her daily fitness program on national TV.

An online photo album of the day is available here.

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