Former gsport Vacation Reporter, Valencia Seshoene, is currently part of the IOC Young Leaders six-week learning sprint programme, designed to help learners understand the principles of Olympism365 and how it is implemented through different programmes.

Speaking on her inclusion, Seshoene says: “I found out about the programme through Reabetswe Mpete’s Tweet, alerting people about the opportunity and I did not waste time and applied right away.

“It is only the first week and my goal is to work hard to be selected among the 25 candidates at the end of the programme.” – Former gsport Vacation Reporter, Valencia Seshoene.

“It is such a great privilege for the Olympics to grant us this opportunity even though we are in the midst of a global pandemic,” she added.

The third phase of the project began on Sunday, 1 November 2020, and Seshoene’s goal is to be named among the 25 candidates to lead the programme.

“It is only the first week and my goal is to work hard to be selected among the 25 candidates at the end of the programme.”

She regards IOC Young Leader, Mathatho Manaka, as one of the young women in sport that she draws inspiration from.

“I have been following her work for quite some time and I’ve drawn inspiration from it.

“She’s doing amazing work on her Rough Diamond project where I am learning what the IOC program expects from selected candidates.”

Seshoene also gained valuable experience being part of the gsport Vacation Reporters team in January 2020.

“Being part of the gsport Vacation Reporters team was the foundation that I needed to grow.” – Seshoene on being part of the gsport Vacation Reporters team in January 2020.

“Being part of the gsport Vacation Reporters team was the foundation that I needed to grow out of my comfort zone and start building my career.

“Working with the team challenged me a lot, I had flaws with working with other people in a team, but we had deadlines to meet and stories to cover and as a team we would help each other,” she continued.

“It showed me that I had the ability to work in a team-based environment.”

“I also had the privilege of being invited to the UJ sport workshop after I interviewed UJ Sport Director, Nomsa Mahlangu for gsport.

“That opportunity landed me the Social Media Manager position for UJ Cricket from February this year,” she concluded.