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Josefina Salas

Former Young Change-Maker


Josefina Salas is a Youth Olympic Games Young Change-Maker from Chile. She started practising a wide variety of sports at a young age, including Alpine skiing, which ultimately became her passion. In 2010, Salas joined the Chilean National Alpine Ski Team. Unfortunately, repeated knee surgeries forced her to retire from competitive sport in 2013. She then decided to study engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and found new ways to continue to be involved in sport.

As soon as she was cleared for recreational skiing, Salas started coaching kids at Ski Club La Parva, where she later held the position of General Manager. Her appointment as a Young Change-Maker for Chile at the Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016 was a life-changing experience, which gave her the tools to make a greater impact through sport by developing her Young Ambassador+ programme together with a group of student athletes from her university.

During 2017, Salas was the Academic Counsellor at the Pontifical Catholic University, a position that enabled her to be a channel of communication between students, professors and the administration. She will receive her degree in Industrial Transportation Engineering in 2018.

In March 2017, she was appointed to the IOC Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport Commission.


The speakers

Using the unique power of sport to bring people together, the Olympism in Action Forum will see a range of global players, including Olympic Movement stakeholders, athletes, private and public sector leaders, NGO representatives, academics, artists and the media come together to talk on topical contemporary issues. Chosen because of their ability to effect change and their wide range of sometimes differing opinions, the speakers will lead lively debates and seek to challenge received wisdom to inspire new ways of thinking.

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