By Tom Degun at the International Conference Centre in Telford

Jonathan Edwards profileFebruary 6 - Sydney 2000 Olympic triple jump champion and world record holder Jonathan Edwards has been unveiled as the newest member of the Youth Sport Trust Board (YST) here.


The 46-year-old, who won every major competition in the triple jump in a glittering career, and still holds the world record of 18.29 metres set in 1995, played a key role in the success of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, where he served on the athlete representative Board of the Organising Committee.

In his new role on the YST, Edwards will help support the charity's new London 2012 legacy commitment "Lead your generation" which was launched following the Games.

A key aspect of Lead your generation is to encourage young people to develop their own sports legacy plans in their schools and Edwards has agreed to oversee the strategic direction of this work.

"I have often looked on in admiration at the work of the Youth Sport Trust to improve the lives of young people through sport and I have seen for myself the positive impact they are having within schools across the country," said Edwards.

"PE and sport play such a crucial role in the development of young people at school. From increasing fitness and improving health through to boosting educational achievement in subjects across the curriculum, it is a vital tool that has significant benefits for today's youth.

"London 2012 was a magnificent occasion for sport, which at its heart had the promise to inspire a generation.

"Young people are incredibly important if we are to realise this ambition and that is why I believe the Lead your generation legacy commitment is so important."

JonathanEdwards 2Jonathan Edwards served on the Board for the London 2012 Organising Committee

YST chief executive John Steele claimed that it is a major boost for the charity to have someone of Edwards' calibre joining the Board.

"Jonathan has had a glittering career in sport and his passion, for school sport especially, is a welcome addition to the Youth Sport Trust Board," Steele said.

"Having high profile individuals like Jonathan on our Board will ensure we have the knowledge and expertise to support our aims of continuing to increase the opportunities for young people to experience the health and educational benefits of PE and school sport."

Edwards is one of the key speakers at the Youth Sport Trust 2013 Conference here which sees hundreds of headteachers and school sport professionals gather to discuss the latest developments in PE and sport.

"At this conference we have some of the most influential school sport professionals who have been inspiring young people through sport," said YST chair Baroness Sue Campbell.

"From headteachers who successfully use PE and sport right across the curriculum to raise attainment, to those who are increasing opportunities through clubs, competitions and events."

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