Floor Exercise of the youngest at the Upper Bavarian Championships 2013
On flickr I posted a series “kids of the world”, photographs of boys and girls of 70 different countries, partly ofwhich I made travelling and the rest at junior sports events, where I am regularly active.
40 countries worlwide, 40 teams, 40 national tournaments, more than 2,5 million kids, that’s the Danone Nations Cup, the biggest soccer event imaginable on this planet for boys and girls under the age of thirteen. The last world final took place in the beautiful city of Madrid. What an experience for the young athletes having the opportunity to display their talents in the legendary Bernabéau Stadium! And the trophy was presented by Zinedine Zidane to the team of Brazil.
The next world finals will be held in October 2012 in Poland.
Photos on http://www.jugendsport-foto.de
Videos on http://www.youtube.com/user/hejot2
Felix Spiegl ( see earlier portrait on this site) and his friend and teammate Leon Kaufmann-Ludwig qualified for the Shorttrack Junior World Championships in Australia. As third skater from the same club SLIC Munich Markus Graf will take part, he as a substitute.
Felix Spiegl (left) Leon Kaufmann-Ludwig (center)
Andi’s talent has tradition. His great-uncle was a well reputed wrestler and after him the club’s SC Isaria international annual tournament is named. The father of Andi, a wrestler himself, is not only the coach of the young champ and his sister Lisa, but also of the the Bavarian state’s squad.
The young Andi Walter, 16 years old, with a weight of just 54 kg, has already become one of Germany best freestyle wrestlers. In the last five years he was always on the winner’s podium at the German Championships, which gained him a place in the national team. He came in first place at several international tournaments, and he is sixfold Bavarian champion. A model athlete I would call him, who besides wrestling loves skiing and soccer. And I bet he’s good at that too.
And guess what his little brother Steve will become !
Photos on www.jugendsport-foto.de
Andi Walter wrestling video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT-aPiBG3hM&feature=related
The Danone Nations Cup is world’s greatest soccer tournament for young players, 10 to 12 years old. Out of 700 participating teams in Germany 28 had qualified for the national finals through regional preliminaries. The finals were held in the Brita-Arena in Wiesbaden on June, 5th. In October the winning team from SpVgg Greuther Fuerth will fly to Madrid to take part in the world finals, where they’ll meet kids from 39 other countries from all over the world. What an experience for young sportspeople!
Copyright Heiko Trurnit
- Photos on http://www.jugendsport-foto.de
Together with her mother Her Highness Cronwnprincess Victoria of Sweden supports underprivileged children. That’s why she came to see Buntkicktgut on the occasion of her visit to Munich.
“Buntkicktgut” means “Colourful kicks well”. It’s an initiative – established in 1996 by Ruediger Heid and Memo Arikan – which uses street football (soccer) as means for the integration of immigrant kids. In the meantime its League with 150 teams and more than 1500 participants has become a respected institution that served as example in several countries in Europe. For it’s efforts to promote tolerance, integration, non-violence and self-esteem within the community of young people from different origins and cultures Buntkicktgut has received awards from the German Football Association, from the Lord Mayor of Munich and from the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Copyright Heiko Trurnit – More photos on http://www.jugendsport-foto.de
Crownprincess Victoria and her husband were very interested to see for themselves what can be done to improve through sports the integration of immigrant kids. The Princess overwhelmed everybody with her radiant charme, and the Prince showed his soccer skills by perfectly converting a penalty kick.
One who with great interest is looking forward to the decision wether the Olympic Wintergames in 2018 will take place in his hometown Munich, is Felix Spiegl. In his sports – shorttrack – the 14 years old made great progress during the last season. In March at the Junior Europa Cup, sort of an inofficial European Championship, where the best skaters from East and West competed, he was on the winners’ podium in all three race distances of his age category C, and overall he attained second place behind the strong Hungarian Alex Varnyú . Three weeks later, at the German Junior Championships, Felix was as successful as you can get, as he won all the the distances 500, 1000 and 1500m to become overall German Junior C Champion in front of his teammates Leon Kaufmann-Ludwig and Markus Graf.
Felix knows he has to work even harder in the years to come in order to be one to represent his country at the Olympic Wintergames in 2018, which his objective is. The committee’s decision on coming July, 6th, to choose Munich as the host city would give the young sportsman, as well as the other hopefuls from his club SLIC Munich, a big boost. Besides school and training not much time will be left for hobbies such as tennis, playing the guitar, photography. However the outcome, I’m confident that Felix will retain his pleasant personality.
Shorttrack-photos on www.jugendsport-foto.de
Felix Spiegl’s photostream: www.flickr.com/photos/56377041@N08/