From U20 to Elite: Enhancing Support for U23 Athletes

This seminar was organised in Marseille, 3 December 2021, with the support of Région SUD, International Athletics Foundation and French Sport Ministry.

The  organisation was coordonated by Mediterranean Athletics, with the support of French Athletics Federation and its Regional structure.

Contents and speaker:

  • Introduction : Professor Vesna Babić – University of Zagreb / Bill Glad – Former Head of Development – European Athletics
  • Impact of U23 Athletics Championships : Brian Hanley, PhD – Leeds Beckett University
  • Dual Career for Athletes: Concept and Practice : Géraldine Zimmermann –  Fédération Française d’Athlétisme
  • From U20 to Elite: The Italian Experience : Giorgio Frinolli – Federazione Italiana di Atletica Leggera
  • Athlete Support Systems: A Balkan Perspective : Professor Vesna Babić
  • The I Run Clean Anti-Doping Education Programme : Jean Gracia – Vice President – European Athletics
  • A Situation Analysis of Athlete Support in the Seven Southern & Eastern Mediterranean Federations: Challenges & Opportunities : Hamdi Abdel-Rahim, PhD – African Area Development Centre – Cairo
  • Athlete Case Studies: Jenny Meadows (GBR) / Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) / Blanka Vlašić (CRO) – Chaired by Bill Glad
  • DNA: A Vision and Opportunity: Marcel Wakim – European Athletics
  • Panel Discussion, Audience Questions and Summary Chaired by Bill Glad

Dowload the pdf program here: 2021-MA-Seminar_Program

Seminar Presentation:

Dowload the full presentation (pdf format – 10 Mo) here: 2021-MA-Seminar_General-Presentation

Age group studies (Brian Hanley):

  • The Role of European Age-Group Championships in Senior Participation Rates: Download here
  • The Role of the European U23 Championships in the Development of Elite Athletes: Download here