POSTED: August 14th 2010

Guegan studies life from the other side of the track - with help from Annecy 2018

Olympic specialists: Elodie Guegan and Antoine Deneriaz / Annecy 2018
Olympic specialists: Elodie Guegan and Antoine Deneriaz / Annecy 2018

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

SINGAPORE, Aug 14: French 800m runner Elodie Guegan is at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore . . . not to compete since, at 25, she is beyond the age range and, also, she is injured, but to prepare for a career when her track days are over.

Guegan is one of 29 aspiring young journalists from all around the world selected by the International Olympic Committee to cover events in Singapore as a 'young reporter' in a project overseen as part of the culture and education programme.

The idea is to offer 'media apprentices' practical experience of the profession under the guidance of senior exponents.

Guégan, a journalism student at the National Institute of Sport and Physical Education who competed in the senior 2008 Games in Beijing, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to concentrate more on my journalism studies, especially in the year that I am injured. I am very lucky and I am going to encourage the young athletes to make the most of every moment and to enjoy themselves to the full.”

Support for Guegan is coming from Antoine Dénériaz,  the French  2006 Olympic downhill skiing champion who is an ambassador for Annecy's bid to host the Winter Games in 2018.

He said: "I am here to share my Olympic experience and to give her advice if she needs it. I hope she makes the most of the experience which is an original and interesting way to combine a sporting career with preparations for a new profession.”

Keywords · YOG · Youth Olympic Games · Singapore · Guegan · Annecy 2018

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