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
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.