All talent needs an opportunity

Michael Johnson Young Leaders are specially selected young people from around the world who have overcome adversity but have shown high-potential and commitment to a future in sport, leadership, and giving back to their community.


Spearheaded by the multi-Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson, this charitable initiative provides these extraordinary individuals with the confidence, skills and resources to achieve a better future for themselves by focusing on sporting performance, leadership development and community engagement.


Success here means that every single Michael Johnson Young Leader will have the skills and opportunity to achieve their goals and become a leader in their community.

Michael Johnson Young Leaders will become community leaders, or be the first of their family to go to college, or start their own sports charity or clubs.

It’s not about finding the next Gold Medallist – although if someone has the potential then Michael Johnson Performance will identify and nurture that talent if that is their goal.