Youth sailor recognized for rescue
Published on February 5th, 2014
Hana Dragojevic from Croatia was awarded the IOC President’s Youth Prize at the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) annual conference.
At a sailing regatta for cadets, Hana Dragojevi, a nine-year-old girl saved a fellow competitor, Marko Smoli when his boat capsized and he was unable to free himself to right the boat.
Hana Dragojevi was among the leading contestants in the race but when she heard Marko’s scared and loud distress calls, she changed her course, approached Marko’s sailing boat and jumped into the sea in order to help him. Hana saved Marko by righting his capsized sailing boat and disentangling him from the lines.
About the International Fair Play Committee
The CIFP was founded by UNESCO and a number of intentional sports governing bodes in Paris in 1963. The goal of the CIFP is the worldwide defence and promotion of fair play.
In order to honour and direct attention to acts of fair play performed either within or outside the sports world, the International Committee for Fair Play annually awards Fair Play Prizes to personalities who have proved to be excellent ambassadors of fair play.