As a child, I loved to skate. Growing up, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to do so. Through my personal experience, I came to appreciate the benefits of sport for my health, growth and development. Unfortunately, not all children around the world are afforded the same opportunity.
1989 was an exciting year. For me personally, it was a promising time – I was training for the World Speed Skating Championships, full of youthful hope and aspiration. For children internationally, it was a time of even greater promise and significance, with the international community uniting to support children’s rights by adopting the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the United Nations General Assembly.
The Convention recognizes the need to protect and nurture children during the vulnerable and exciting years of childhood – regardless of their identity, origin or status. By ratifying the treaty, governments promised to advance and support the holistic development of children by upholding their rights to education, health, personal growth, protection and their right to play.