GIOVENTU » OGI 2016
OGI 2016 was as always a great success! The Olimpiadi Gioventù Italiana was held on the 28th, 29th and 30th May 2016 at Allianz Park (formerly Copthall Stadium). OGI was founded in 1978 by St Peter's Italian Club in London and is a the three-day Olympic event, regardless of ability, dedicated to all young people in the Italian communities of the UK.
The 2016 Olimpiadi Gioventù Italiana Champions are AS Londra Sud. The winners of the Les Rickard Award were Stanmore & Hendon and the Mazzini Garibaldi Sportsmanship trophy went to Southgate.
The event was presenced by Marco Amelia and Massimiliano Mazzanti (Italian Console Generale).
The first OGI Games were held in 1980 at the Copthall Stadium, in North London. Italian Clubs and Associations from all over the United Kingdom took part with great enthusiasm. Since then, the OGI Games have taken place every two years, on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the May Bank Holiday. Around 750 competitors take part in each OGI Games which attract up to 5000 spectators over the three days.
The Games are open to all young people from 9 to 21 years of age (inclusive), who are members of an Italian Club or Association, or who are currently learning Italian at school or evening class. There is no maximum or minimum limit on the number of competitors in each team.
There are currently 5 teams taking part in the Olimpiadi Gioventù Italiana - Finchley, Southgate, AS Londra Sud, Stanmore & Hendon and St. Peters.
The competitors are divided into seven age groups and the full range of events open for competition is as follows:
Track events - 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m Hurdle events - 80m, 100m
Track Relay events - 4x100m, 4x400m
Field events - Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump, Discus, Shot Putt, Javelin
Swimming events - 25m Swimming Relay events - 4x25m
Team events - Football, Netball
A special thanks to the current OGI committee: President - Adriano Morini; Secretary - Francesca Timanti;Treasurer- Antony Manzi; and the Committee Members: Gaetano Attanasio, Mario Cattini, Tony Franchi, Vittorio Heissl (Honorary), Mauro Inzani, Teresa Johnson, Mariella Mansi, Theresa Morena, Livio Spagnoli, Claudia Timanti, Luciana Timanti, Marco Timanti Mike Viglione and to the Team Managers: AS Londra Sud - Sandro Lunghi;Finchley - Stef Proietti; Southgate - Francesca Cammarota; St. Peters - Tony Schiavone;Stanmore & Hendon - Sandra Siney.