POSTED: November 18th 2016

Olympic Champion Allyson Felix visits Qatar Academy Doha to speak to young students

Allyson Felix visits Qatar Academy Doha to speak to excited young students © Qatar
Allyson Felix visits Qatar Academy Doha to speak to excited young students © Qatar

Felix visits a classroom © Qatar
Felix visits a classroom © Qatar

Felix answers some questions © Qatar
Felix answers some questions © Qatar

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Nine-time World Champion and six-time Olympic Champion sprinter, Allyson Felix was in Doha, Qatar as part of the LA 2024 Bid delegation attending the 21st Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly.

Felix took time out of her busy schedule on Wednesday to visit Qatar Academy Doha. She spoke to excited young students about her career and gave them some advice. Felix has won six Olympic gold medals and three silver medals from her past four Olympics. She told students about both the highs and lows of her athletic career.

"I had the pleasure of telling the students a little bit about my story and some of the adversity and challenges I faced in my career. It was an amazing time with them and they had such intelligent, great questions. I was really hoping to share my message with the students. The theme was not to give up and to keep fighting in the midst of adversity. I tried to explain that they might not be into sport - whatever their passionate about, it may be art, to be a doctor or a lawyer, or nurse - go after their dreams no matter what they might face," expressed Felix.

Amna Al Jaidah (10) stated, "It was really exciting and I really liked it. She explained a lot about herself and I was interested to know more about her. She really inspired me and I want to try running."

Felix also commented on how she hopes to attend the 2017 World Championships, which will be hosted by Doha.

She went on to say, "I hope to come to the Doha 2019 World Championships. I know that it will be organized so well. I think that it will really do a lot for this part of the world. When you are able to see sport up close, it can change you and there is so much youth here. I would love to see more youth involved in sport and more young girls involved and by having the World Championships here we'll be able to see that transformation."

After Felix's Q&A session, she took photos with the students, signed some autographs, and toured the school.

"I like to play football and she inspired me to keep on pushing and continue training. I learned that if you love a sport you shouldn't stop trying and you should just keep going," commented Jonathan Carson Eid (10).

In addition, Felix is used to visiting Doha as she is a regular visitor. Since 2005, she has competed in the annual International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Doha Diamond League meeting. When in Doha, Felix utilizes facilities at Aspire Academy.

Felix said, "Qatar's facilities are amazing. I've been coming here for over 11 years now. I've had the pleasure of training at Aspire and it's always such a great place to come and train. The things happening in the sporting world in Doha are just amazing. So much has changed over the years and I've seen the progress. I always look forward to coming back and I can't wait to come back for the Diamond League."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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