Over 1,500 athletes are travelling to Südtirol, Italy this weekend to take part in the sixth IAAF World Youth Championships.
For most of them it will be the first time they travel to a foreign country. Yet it won’t all be about winning medals and improving personal bests. It will also be about building friendships with their rivals from every corner of the world, and learning about the ethical values that enhance our sport.
The Cayman Islands team of three athletes will be represented by Andrew Perrin in the Boys 100 metres, Travis Webb in High Jump and Gizelle Wright in the Girls 100m.
The IAAF is offering another unique experience to all the youth athletes who will take part in the competition.
They will have the pleasure of being with, talking to and learning from athletes who have been Olympic champions, world champions or world record holders.
The IAAF World Youth Masterclass will take place on Monday and will include motivational speeches from no fewer than six IAAF Ambassadors, an Anti Doping Workshop and a couple of warm up sessions with some of the sport’s all-time greatest athletes.
IAAF Ambassadors who have responded positively and will pass on their knowledge and experience to the next generation include double Olympic champion Kelly Holmes and World and Olympic champion Maria Mutola whose rivalry and friendship over the years has marked the history of the women’s 800m.
World record holder at the same distance, Wilson Kipketer will also be present in Südtirol with the World Indoor record holder in the High Jump Kajsa Bergqvist, World Long Jump record holder Mike Powell and European 400m Hurdles record holder Stephane Diagana.
The team will departs tomorrow along with manager Sana Tugman and coach Tyrone Yen. They return on July 14.