Today (September 17), Ambassador Scheme of 2016 FIRS World Roller Speed Skating Championships is held at the roller skating training center of Qinhuai District in the afternoon. Aracu, chairman of the FIRS, Huang Qiang, general secretary of Chinese Roller Skating Association and Chen Weihong, executive deputy secretary general of the Organizing Committee and director of Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Sports together with the winners of the Championships attended this event. A Hundred "Roller Skating Stars" selected via "I Am a Roller Skating Star" campaign compared notes and interacted with high-level athletes.
Chen Weihong, executive deputy secretary general of the Organizing Committee and director of Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Sports delivered a speech on site and showed high expectations for "Roller Skating Stars". "Many little athletes from Nanjing Roller Speed Skating Team are at the scene. Though very young, they are making rapid progress. And the 60 'Roller Skating Stars' selected from thousands of participants via Internet voting is the future of our Chinese roller sports."
Group photo of "Roller Skating Stars"
Vote for a hundred "Roller Skating Stars" - interact with world champions
The "I Am a Roller Skating Star" campaign, hosted by the Promotion Department of the 2016 FIRS World Roller Speed Skating Championships Organizing Committee, Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Sports, and Nanjing Newspaper Media Group, was one of the 2016 FIRS World Roller Speed Skating Championships projects of sports culture promotion. Since its launch on August 18, the campaign has promoted roller sports and the World Roller Skating Championships around, sharing the charm of sports and youthful vigor of Nanjing. The campaign, mainly for children aged from 5 to 10, promotes the green, healthy, and sporting lifestyle and creates the brand image of Nanjing as "World Capital of Roller Sports".
According to the statistics, there are 36,287 voters engaged in voting session during the campaign with nearly 100 thousand hits to the event's website.
Aracu, Huang Qiang, Chen Weihong and winners of the Championships also awarded certificates to the "Roller Skating Stars" of 2016 FIRS World Roller Speed Skating Championships on site today.
Yao Yuhan, one of the little members of Nanjing Roller Speed Skating Team, has learnt roller skating for 5 years. She told reporters that she thought roller skating was really cool and wanted to learn it when she met some other kids playing it at first. However, she was too young to learn at that time. So she waited for two years with determination of learning roller skating. "When I was 3 years old, I hurried to sign up for roller skating class and mastered its basic movements in one day." Yao Yuhan also said that she wanted to take this opportunity of close contact with world champions to consult them about roller skating skills for improving her speed.
"Roller Skating Stars" are skating with world champions
Photo of Zhang Chi and little players
Zhang Chi's note: Faithful to your heart, fruitful to your result
Zhang Chi, champion of Junior Men 1,000 meters of the 2016 FIRS World Roller Speed Skating Championships and the first Chinese world champion of roller speed skating also came to the scene. The scene enjoyed a warm atmosphere immediately when Zhang Chi showed up. Kids around him were excited and asked him for his signature. He, together with another two world champions, Francesca Lollobrigida from Italy and Jercy Puello from Colombia performed roller speed skating on site and led "Roller Skating Stars" around circuit for 5 laps.
Zhang Chi said he was very happy to skate with those "Roller Skating Stars" on the same circuit and hoped the spirit of persistence and the passion for roller skating could be conveyed to them via this event. He also delivered his notes to the "Roller Skating Stars" via the interview of Longhoo.net that "faithful to your heart, fruitful to your result".