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Listen Now: Latest ‘We Have a Goal’ podcast series with IOC young leaders hosted by Paralympian Amy Purdy

Listen Now: New 'We Have a Goal' podcast series with IOC young leaders hosted by Paralympian Amy Purdy

Sport can help us change the world for the better.

That is the message of the new podcast series “We have a goal” produced in cooperation with the world Olympic and Paralympic partner, Panasonic, where he is a medalist of the Paralympic Games Amy Purdy talking to IOC Young Leaders on a range of global issues, including gender equality, peacebuilding, inclusion and sustainable development.

The four episodes of the series will air weekly starting on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. You can listen to all of them on Olympics.com, with the first episode below.

At the age of 19, Purdy had both legs amputated below the knee. But despite a 2% chance of survival, the American became a three-time para-snowboard Paralympic medalist, motivational speaker, actress and writer. Purdy attended Dancing with the Stars in the US and performed on the show’s opening ceremony Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Amy is joined by many young IOC leaders in the We Have A Purpose series, each sharing inspiring stories from their own journeys and discussing how they are driving change through sport.

“Employed women empower women” – Amy Purdy in the first episode of the new podcast series “We Have a Goal”

The first episode of the We Have A Purpose series focuses on gender equality.

Coming from the typically male-dominated sport of snowboarding, Purdy shares how feeling supported helped her grow: “Employed women empower women,” she said.

Purdy joins first episode by three inspiring IOC Young Leaders: Aneta Grabmüller, Jemima Montag, and Adriana Escobar, sharing how they are working on gender balance in sport, on and off the field.

Aneta Grabmüllerová is a professional triathlete and PhD student from the Czech Republic. When Aneta was 15, an inappropriate comment by her coach about her weight led to seven years of eating disorders, which eventually forced her to take a five-year break from sports.

As part of the IOC Young Leaders project, Aneta created a digital platform providing information on eating disorders for athletes, parents and coaches. Users also have access to nutritionists and psychologists if they need further advice.

“Ultimately, I want to create workshops and organize training camps for these young girls so that I can educate them and I hope to prevent this problem in the future,” she said.

Aneta believes that the stereotypical media message about the players is also partly to blame.

“The coverage women get is still very limited. When we get relationships, they are often stereotyped or sexualized. This creates a very wrong picture of what women are doing in sports. We young girls need role models. As I grew up doing triathlon, I wished there was a more diverse national team,” she continued.

“While there is still a lot of toxic culture out there, we now have more choice on social media. It’s up to you who you emulate, and there are so many great role models.”

Jemima Montag is a racewalker from Australia who finished sixth in Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and as of February 2022 holds the national record for 20 km.

Her IOC Young Leaders “Play On” project focuses on the physical and mental health of female athletes, encouraging women not to give up sports.

“I can tell you on a scientific basis that the joy, motivation and inspiration you will bring out [from sport] it just comes from the joy of trying,” she said.

The four key barriers to women’s sport that Jemima works on are the health of female athletes, mental health, nutrition and inclusive space.

“For 17 and 18 years, it was hard for me to really want to give up.”

“The lack of role models meant I didn’t really believe in myself or that elite sport was an important path for me to follow.

“But getting back into the sport until the Olympics and seeing what sport can offer young women. The life skills it gives us, such as self-confidence, teamwork, a sense of purpose and resilience, are really great ingredients to work towards gender equality.”

Adriana Escobar is a rower from El Salvador who also completed her early childhood education.

Her IOC Project for Young Leaders is a book that provides girls and young women with information and tools designed to improve their confidence, self-esteem and well-being.

“There is so much potential [in female athletes] which is not being used and is frustrating,” she said.

“But sport is such a key element that I am today. He actually gave me a voice, I feel part of something and my heart is always very full.

“I hope to attract more girls to my sport or other sports and in a way be their big sister.”

The second episode of a new podcast series “We Have A Purpose” with Amy Purdy posted here on Olympics.com on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. It is about building peace on the occasion of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. More information on EP2 can be found and listened to here.

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