by Andrew Michalak
Inauguration of the continental children fitness championships in Europe was really an impressive event. Hungarian Federation, with its President Mr. Istvan Huber, prepared everything according to the usual IFBB standards for men’s and women’s championships. Altogether, 56 children representing 7 countries performed on the stage of K?bánya Culture Center in Budapest. Five sets of medals were distributed among girls and one set among boys. Most of the medals went to competitors from Slovakia and Hungary as children fitness developing programs have been established there many years ago and have brought visible results nowadays.
“Hungary is always emphasizing the importance of the children and juniors education program and as a result of these efforts, Ms. Regina Benk? is the World and European Champion, Ms. Nikolett Szabó is the European champion, Ms. Melinda Szabó – the World and European women’s fitness champion plus Arnold Classic winner and Mr. Artúr Duka – the Junior European Champion. – Mr. Huber said.
So, we can see how successful this type of programs could be if as a results of a few-year education we can not only keep young athletes continuously practicing in our physique sports but also can “produce” the champions in the senior categories.
“We do hope that many more nations will join the EBFF children education program in the future. We are sure that this new system will considerably increase the pool of IFBB competitors in our sports” – Mr. Huber added.
Moreover, running such programs you can bring attention of the Sport Ministry in your country and increase your national federation prestige, which may led to further recognition and/or financial support.
“ In Hungary the IFBB is an officially recognized and acknowledged sport federation at the highest state level. The Ministry in charge and the Hungarian Olympic Committee is continuously watching and highly appreciating the work and results of our national federation and the IFBB.” – Mr. Huber concluded.
This activity is in line with the recent IFBB fitness developing and promoting strategy formulated by the IFBB President, Dr. Rafael Santonja, resulting in fitness demonstration contest at the 2011Pan-American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, and fitness promotion during the recent IOC – International Sport Federations Meeting in Quebec, Canada.
In Budapest all medals in girls categories went to Slovakia and Hungary: three “golds” for Slovakia, two “golds” for Hungary but Hungary won 10 medals in total, while Slovakia 5 medals. The top stars were:
Regina Benko (Hungary)
– won the first Children Worlds two years ago in Bratislava and moving up to the next age division (10-11 years), still is the best.
Nelli Novodomska (Slovakia)
– placed 2nd in the youngest class last year, now advancing to the top position in the 8-9 years division.
Lili Soos (Hungary)
– started with the 8th position at the 2010 Worlds, moved up to the 2nd place in 2011 and won the bronze medal in Budapest but in the older division (8-11 years). Moreover, her brother Roland Soos won the boy’s category. Family sport?
Tatiana Kožuchová (Slovakia)
– placed 3rd in 2010 and 2011 Worlds, now won the gold medal in 12-13 years division.
Nikolett Szabó (Hungary)
– started with the 4th position at the 2010 Worlds, moved up to the 2nd place in 2011 and now is the winner.
Vanesa Lisziová (Slovakia)
– won the 2010 and 2011 Worlds, now took the 2nd place in the oldest class, exchanging position with Szabo.
by the courtesy of the Hungarian Federation
14-15 years old category: the winner Nikolett Szabó (Hunagry).
12-13 years old category: the winner Tatiana Kožuchová (Slovakia).
8-9 years old category: the winner Nelli Novodomska (Slovakia).
14-15 years old category: runner-up Vanesa Lisziová (Slovakia).
12-13 years old category: runner-up Laura Lisssak (Hungary).
14-15 years old category: 3rd place winner Dorottya Agoston (Hungary).
12-13 years old category: 3rd place winner Dorka Osztermayer (Hungary).
8-9 years old category: 4th place winner Doga Elen Uygun (Turkey).
EBFF Judges Committee Chairman Mr. Erich Janner, who supervised the work of the judges panel, also “supervised” the distribution of a big cake at the banquet.
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