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Michael Johnson convenes Young Leaders in Dallas Summit

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Michael Johnson convenes Young Leaders in Dallas Summit

Olympic legend Michael Johnson brings young leaders from 10 different countries together for a week-long summit at his cutting-edge performance centre in Texas, furthering his support of young people working, leading and improving their community through sport around the world through the Michael Johnson Foundation.

Now in the second year of the programme, the Michael Johnson Young Leaders – all of whom have overcome adversity in their lives in some way – are given the confidence, skills and resources to use sport to make a positive impact on their future. The programme focuses on world class sports training, leadership development and community engagement.

Following the success of the inaugural programme in 2016, the newest cohort of Young Leaders will travel to the Michael Johnson Performance Center, Dallas, from all over the world – Jamaica, Australia, Zambia, USA, UK, India, Philippines, Lebanon, Singapore and South Africa.

The first phase of the programme will involve the Young Leaders going through an intensive one week course of activities focusing on leadership development, community engagement and sports coaching and performance. They will be supported by a team of experts from around the world who specialise in sport for development, community coaching and youth leadership. This includes support from the Michael Johnson Performance team of cutting edge performance coaches, nutrition educators and sports administrators.

Following the course in Dallas, the Young Leaders will go through a personalised 12-month plan to support a key project they have developed that will use sport to engage and improve their community, as well as their own personal development. This support includes state-of-the-art virtual sports coaching sessions designed by Michael Johnson Performance Center, ongoing mentoring to continue their leadership development, and tangible support for their own goals and projects aimed at using sport to help their community. This includes funding, kit, and connections into to an extensive global network of leading organisations in sports, government, education, business and development.

Following the year-long engagement, the Young Leaders will continue to be supported as alumni of the programme, providing them with network, profile, and tangible education and employment opportunities.

Michael Johnson said of the launch of the second year of the programme: “These young people are already doing incredible things in their communities. We have a participant who is dodging bullets in order to provide sports training for young girls. We have a participant who is campaigning to the UK government for better access to disability sport. They are truly inspiring and have shown me the incredible plans they have to transform their communities, but which they need help to implement. We will be here to give them that help and we can’t wait to see what they will achieve.”

Regarding the desired outcomes for the young people on the programme, Michael said: “It’s not about finding the next Gold Medallist – although if someone has the potential then Michael Johnson Performance will identify and nurture that talent. It is our hope that successful alumni of Young Leaders will become community leaders by starting their own sports charity or clubs, or become an influential coach to young people. Success here means that every single young person who has gone through Young Leaders will have the skills and opportunity to be a positive influence in their community.”

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Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:27