Thirty-three lucky kids are going down under thanks to their imaginations. VISA International announced this week the winners of its “VISA Olympics of the Imagination” youth art competition. Each of the 33 winning children and a parent will participate in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, as guests of VISA. “VISA Olympics of the Imagination” challenged school children, ages 9-13, to use their imaginations to create an original piece of art that represented what the Olympic motto of “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (Faster, Higher, Stronger) meant to them. The program ran in from late 1999 through June, 2000 in most countries and produced 400,000 entries worldwide. The winners of the program and a parent or guardian will attend 3 Olympic events, Men’s Gymnastics, Men’s Basketball and Women’s Beach Volleyball, as well as receive special tours of Sydney, the Taronga Zoo, and the Sydney Aquarium. The children’s winning art will be on display during the entire Olympic Games following a special opening ceremony at 11 a.m. on September 15. The ceremony will be held at the front entrance of the IMAX Theatre in Darling Harbour. Olympic athletes and Olympic Mascots also will assist in awarding special medals to the children. The exhibit will be operational from 900 a.m. to 700 p.m. daily during the Games. VOI winners were selected from Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Czech Republic, Curacao, Finland, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, United States and Uruguay. For more information and to view the artwork www.visa.com/visakids.
Here are some samples of the winning entries
My artwork,”Viva Olympiada!” represents the Olympic ideas for higher achievements in sports and human life. The Olympic motto of “Citius, Altius, Fortius” for me means that every man always has to strive to achieve higher goals in his life by developing a higher level of intelligence in a healthier body.
Anguel Alexiev, 10 years, United States
“Victory of peace”
When people of different cultures unite, they become stronger. A stronger human race becomes faster, since they achieve a better understanding of the problems, the needs of each nation. When people hold each other’s hands, they achieve the highest step of all peace.
Karina Olveira de Souza, 9 years, Brazil
“Five members of our family watching the Olympics”
This is the picture of my whole family in a form of five rings, standing for Olympic games. In each pair of the eyes you can find the favorite games of each one of us. More interestingly, the white cat and yellow dog are also attracted by the Olympics. In my own eyes is the picture of Sydney Opera House, which show that besides sports, I also love music. I hope I can go to Sydney with Mummy and Daddy.
Wang Yinan, 12 years, Beijing, P. R China
“Swifter, Higher, Stronger”
The man with the dolphin symbolizes “Higher.” The two women running across a ray of sunlight symbolize “Swifter.” The weightlifter lifting the earth symbolizes “Stronger”. I didn’t give my characters faces because I wanted you to imagine their expressions during their events. The different skin colors represent the many nationalities of our planet.
Marlene Blanchette, 12 years, Canada
“You, me, he and she – altogether as a friendly family”
I know that in ancient Greece during the Olympic games all wars would stop for that time. And warriors would not fight but compete in speed, height and strength. I want Peace to be on the Earth, all people to be friends and love each other and would fight only on the sport fields. I dream to see it with my own eyes.
Sofia Krepysheva, 9 years, Russia
“I’m great even if I’m small”
I drew my picture like this because the Olympic Games isn’t about who’s the biggest, but who’s the greatest. Although the mouse in the picture is little, it can (in my imagination) run faster, jump higher and lift heavier things than the other competitors. Even if they are bigger/larger.
Moyfrid Oust Torske, 12 years, Norway