Teaching Life Skills in Lebanon

Lebanon’s brightest young sport stars were the latest beneficiaries of the Athlete365 Career+ Outreach programme

  • 28 athletes from 15 different sports took part in the one-day Career+ Outreach workshop
  • Topics covered included dual career, networking, CV building and social media
  • Olympians Nadin Dawani and Kady Kanouté Tounkara led the workshop

The Athlete365 Career+ Outreach programme reached Lebanon in May, with the hosting of a workshop for 28 active elite athletes, offering wide-ranging support and advice on topics such as managing a dual career, networking and CV building.

The one-day workshop was organised by the Lebanese Olympic Committee’s Tournament and International Relations Coordinator, Tony Tarraf, who was an IOC Young Change-Maker at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in 2014.

For athletes, by athletes

The eight modules included in the workshop are designed to help athletes plan their future transition to life after sport. They were delivered by Jordanian former taekwondo athlete and IOC Athletes’ Commission member Nadin Dawani, as well as Malian former basketball player Kady Kanouté Tounkara, a Steering Committee member of the Outreach programme.

“It was a great honour to host the workshop in Lebanon with Nadin,” Kady said at the end of the session. “It was a great experience to be here and spend the day with such amazing, smart athletes.

“We had fun, and I hope they got equipped with the right tools for their transition and their futures. As a facilitator with Nadin, what we wanted was to share our experiences with them, spend the day with them and ensure that they benefit from the talks and discussions we had.”

Equipping the next generation

The focus of the workshop was very much on youth, with the majority of participants aged 18 and 19, while half were female athletes – highlighting the commitment of both the Outreach programme and the Lebanese NOC to promote gender equality in sport. 

And with 15 different sports represented at the workshop – ranging from summer Olympic sports such as judo, athletics and volleyball to the winter disciplines of Alpine and cross-country skiing – the gathering provided the athletes with an opportunity to hear about the experiences of their peers from different walks of life.

“The workshop was very insightful for me personally,” said Lebanese rower Farah Jaroudi. “We had the chance to meet other athletes from Lebanon since some of us didn’t know each other previously. At the same time, we learned about the types of characteristics that will help us achieve exactly what we want to do later in life.”

A global impact

The Outreach scheme has already reached over 9,000 athletes and 100 different NOCs since its inception in 2009, while NOCs are also provided with financial support to run the workshops through the Olympic Solidarity Athlete Career Transition programme.

Following the success of the Lebanese workshop, a further two sessions were held in May, one in Mexico and the other in the Marshall Islands. The remaining workshops in 2019 include visits to Namibia in June, Panama in August, Egypt in September and Hungary in November.

For more information on future Outreach workshops and to find out how you can get involved, click here