UNESCO European Athletics Young Leaders Community


  • Unselfishness: There is no “I” in TEAM

    Friday 23 August 2013

    If you think about athletics you might consider it an individual sports. And it is true because athletes can perform by themselves: they can jump, throw or run individually. On the other hand, sports like soccer, basketball, hockey and all types of “team sports” need more players.

    But athletics has quite a lot of “team spirit”. How boring would be running all the time by yourself? Imagine Olympic games with one participant for event… not fun! So we need each other to compete or even to train. Just think: how many elite athletes practice by themselves? Would they perform better ...

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  • Train your body and your mind

    Friday 16 August 2013

    I would like to share my experience with “sports coaching” because it is something that has changed my outlook on life.

    I had already practiced athletics for 20 years combining training with studies and work, when the president of the Club Valencia Terra i Mar gave me the opportunity to just focus 100% on training and competing. I left behind everything I had: I changed my residence, I left my family and I took the risk to live for and by athletics. It was a busy year in which all my illusion, desire, effort, mind and passion were put in ...

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  • Thoughts from Moscow

    Friday 09 August 2013

    This year I was given a great opportunity and honour to represent my small country, Slovenia, at the 49th IAAF Congress in Moscow. Being here at this time, taking part in the workings of this world-wide organisation and meeting many people who are dedicated to developing our sport has been a very special and inspiring experience.

    It will take me some time to digest all that has happened around the Congress, and what will happen during the championships in the coming week, but I would like to share some initial observations with our Young Leaders Community.

    Just following the daily ...

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