Jamaican medallist Asafa Powell is our first International Ambassador!
Powell will encourage other Caribbean countries and the Commonwealth to nominate outstanding young people in their countries for the International Diana Award.
Asafa Powell became the first Jamaican to break the world record and has run more sub 10 second 100m races than any other person in history.
Asafa like the young people presented with a Diana Award is an inspiration to those around him. Tragically two of Powell’s brothers died in the space of one year, despite this difficult time, he found the strength to continue running. Asafa, like many of our Award Holders has channelled pain and suffering and used it to make him stronger. Both meet obstacles with determination and perseverance, inspiring others to do more and strive to be better.
On becoming the Diana Award Ambassador Asafa Powell said: “I am honoured to be the first International Ambassador for the Diana Award. I believe young people have the power to change the world for the better and I am excited to promote the award to the Caribbean. I am really looking forward to meeting the amazing young people who help others and inspire all of us to do more to improve our communities.”
Maggie Turner OBE travelled to Jamaica to welcome Asafa as Ambassador and to promote the International Diana Award to the Caribbean. Maggie was a guest speaker at the University of Technology’s Road to Olympic Glory ceremony. Maggie said: “I am honoured to be speaking at the Road to Olympic Glory event in Jamaica. The University of Technology, like the Diana Award inspires, motivates and encourages young people to succeed. Asafa Powell, a former UTech student, is a fantastic role model to young people and we look forward to introducing him to our inspirational Award Holders when he is in London for the 2012 Olympics.”