The Major Sports Events Chaplaincy Committee takes very seriously its role in recommending sports chaplains to organising committees. Our selection process gives a high priority to appointing experienced chaplains with a servant heart so as to ensure that athletes are served and protected. In providing chaplaincy to those in sport we want to ensure that they are pastorally cared for and provided for.
The whole Olympic Games 2002 was very stressful for me personally as an athlete. After the first final in synchronized diving from the 3 meter springboard, I got very high fever. A few days later the 1 meter competition was before me. I felt very alone. My body was sick and doubts came through my mind. The only one who helped me in that situation was not a liturgical service but a Christian chaplain who supported me with pastoral counselling and bible studies. He helped me to integrate my faith and my athletic goal.
Jacqueline Schneider, Switzerland, DivingView all