AISTS wins the Peace and Sport Special Jury Award for 2016


AISTS along with Alex Buisse, adventure photographer, and Erin Hayba, independent consultant, won the Peace and Sport Special Jury Award last night in Monaco at the prestigious Peace and Sport Awards.  

Created in 2008, the annual Peace and Sport Awards reward organizations and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to peace, dialogue and social stability in the world through sport.  The Special Jury Prize of the Year is dedicated to a peace through sport project that has occurred throughout the year and has made a significant positive impact. The other nominees for the award were the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) for their World Table Tennis Day event and the Rugby Without Borders Foundation for their 'I Respect' campaign. 

AISTS won the award for our 'From Refugee Camp to Rio' project which was initiated in January this year by Erin Hayba and Alex Buisse.  AISTS joined the project in May to provide linkage to international sports networks and provide individual and financial support.  The purpose of the project was to share the broader stories relating to refugees and sport to the international sports community and also highlight the opportunities of using sport for peace building.  To do this in-depth coverage of the daily lives of refugee athletes through images, personal testimonies and in-depth background stories were collected, ultimately following some of them all the way to their historical participation at Rio Olympic Games.  

A ‘From Refugee Camp to Rio’ photo exhibition of Alex Buisse’s remarkable work along with a printed publication are being developed to further support this projects activities.

Cover Photo - Alex Buisse – Adventure Photographer, Erin Hayba – Independent Consultant, Geert Hendriks – AISTS Head of Projects, Wilson Kipketer - Champion for Peace, Olympian and 2015 Alumni.

About AISTS: 

The International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) was founded in 2000 by the International Olympic Committee and leading Swiss institutions and universities.  A not-for-profit foundation, the AISTS is committed to professionalising sports management through continuing education, applied research and an engaging platform for industry connections.

About Alex Buisse Adventure Photography:

Alex Buisse is a multi award winning expedition photographer.  Travelling around the world and the mountains is where he is most comfortable, and where he thrives as both an image maker and an alpinist. He has sailed an expedition yacht around Cape Horn, climbed a granite spire alone for 4 days, shot the Rio Olympics, skied to the North Pole, climbed high on K2, flown from the summits of snowy peaks, trekked through the wilderness of Tierra del Fuego and kayaked with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands, among many other adventures.  His most recent awards include the Arco Rock Star, 2nd place and the Red Bull Illume, Top 25, Masterpiece.

About Peace and Sport:

“Peace and Sport, L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport” is a neutral and apolitical international initiative.Peace and Sport puts sport and its structuring values at the heart of development projects led within communities in crisis around the world. With interventions in post-conflict zones, extremely poor areas and areas lacking social cohesion, Peace and Sport makes sport a vehicle for tolerance, respect, sharing and citizenship at the service of sustainable peace.

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