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Olympic Champion in Judo Visits Access Program Students in Gori

Georgia | English Access Microscholarship Program | 26 Oct 2012

On October 26, Access Program in Gori organized an enrichment activity on Olympic and Paralympic Games. Among the guests of the event were Nino Jugheli, English Language Programs Coordinator at the U.S Embassy in Tbilisi and Shalva Shavdatuashvili, Olympic Champion in Judo in the 2012 Olympics.

The enrichment activity was led by Access Program English Teachers in Gori Natela Tlashadze and Veriko Michitashvili. After a PowerPoint presentation on the history, prizes, kinds of sports, symbols, mottos, and famous participants and winners of the Olympic and Paralympic games, students were divided into groups of five to compete in a quiz contest on Olympics.

Watching videos on Olympic Torch Relay, Paralympic athletics and best moments of Olympics 2012 in London were also part of the day.

The enrichment activity culminated with the Q&A session during which the guest speaker Shalva Shavdatuashvili told the Access students the story of his life and his way to success. Students asked millions of questions about his childhood, his diet, his friends and lifestyle. Students were curious to know which language Shalva used when abroad and were delighted to hear from him that fluency in English had been very helpful. Shalva underlined the importance of being able to speak foreign languages and especially when intending to have international career. He also spoke of the importance of setting a goal and working your way toward it. He encouraged the Access students to work hard in whatever area they choose in their life and assured them that hard work and perseverance always bring positive and gratifying results.

To conclude the day, students shared sweets and pastry with the guests.

“I cannot believe I got to shake hands with a national hero – our Olympic Champion!” admitted Soso Bugianishvili, Access program participant from Gori. “His story was so inspiring! Based on what he told us, I do believe nothing is impossible if you have faith and put all your efforts together!” he added.


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