Young Change-Makers


Samantha Miyanda

Samantha Miyanda, from Zambia, is a third-year student pursing a degree in development studies. She plays soccer and is an advocate for equal education and work opportunities for girls in the sports industry.


Emily A. Yeh

Emily is a realistic idealist who is committed to promoting sustainable development. Since being appointed as a YCM for Nanjing 2014, she has built the Chinese Taipei YOG Team into a tightly-knit community, and continues to engage the public on social media. As a political science student at UC San Diego, Emily can be found running on the beach, doing research or making drip coffee at home.


Juan Sanchez

Juan is a strategic designer by training who is passionate about using sport as a tool to promote social inclusion and peace-building processes in his country, Colombia. He currently leads projects that aim to reduce polarisation in the country, as well as promoting active lifestyles across multiple age groups.


Lisa Gisler

Lisa Gisler is a project manager in sports marketing and a Swiss curler. She was a Youth Olympic athlete in Innsbruck 2012, and a Young Ambassador for Switzerland during the Summer Youth Olympic Games 2014 in Nanjing, China. 


Nina Balaban

Nina Balaban was born on 2 November 1995 in Ohrid, Macedonia. Since she was a little girl, she has practised sailing, karate and athletics, winning a lot of medals. From 2009 until now, she was a competitive shooter (10m air rifle). Nina has competed for Macedonia at many world and European championships, and served as a Young Ambassador for Macedonia at the Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014, the 1st European Olympic Games in Baku, in 2015, and the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Besides competing, Nina is currently a fourth-year student at the Law University of Macedonia

Young Reporters


Ivan Boyanov

Ivan Boyanov, 24, is a sports journalist who has been working for Bulgarian TV channel TV7 since 2010. He was part of the IOC’s Young Reporters Programme at the second Summer Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing 2014, where he was named co-winner of the Steve Parry Award for the Best International Olympic Committee Young Reporter.


Ashlee Tulloch

Ashlee Tulloch is a sports journalist currently living in Spain and working as a reporter/producer for the Olympic Channel. She grew up in a small town on New Zealand’s East Coast, and developed a strong affinity for sport and sports journalism at a young age. Ashlee worked as a sports reporter and presenter for TV3 in New Zealand for six years, during which time she was selected for the IOC’s Young Reporters Programme in both Nanjing 2014 and Lillehammer 2016. Whilst with the Olympic Channel, Ashlee has covered the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the IAAF World Championships in London in 2017.


Diego Melendreras

Diego Melendreras, 26, from Guatemala, is passionate about radio anchoring, TV production and film-making. He is lucky enough to worked in all three areas. His dream is to write and produce a Guatemalan film.


Arnel Dalmedo

Uruguayan sports journalist and soccer lover. Took part in the first ever Young Reporters Programme, Singapore 2010. Not so young today, but much more wise and humble. And handsome.


Pallavi Prasad

Pallavi Prasad, 24, is currently an editorial correspondent in the bustling city of Mumbai, India, with The Quint, a digital media platform. She dabbles in news reporting, long-form narrative writing, photography and social media management. With those skills and interests, she also participated as a Young Reporter in the Nanjing 2014 Summer YOG and the Lillehammer 2016 Winter YOG. Her areas of core interests are gender equality, the environment, sports and stories about the underdog - always.

IOC Jury Members


Li Lingwei

Chinese badminton star Li Lingwei has been an IOC Member since 2013 and is currently the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission that offers guidance and support to the Buenos Aires 2018 YOG organisers. Li Lingwei has 13 world badminton championship titles and an impressive 48 gold medals in international and national badminton competitions.  She has been nominated four times in “The Top Ten Athletes” in China, and twice on the “The Top Ten Coaches” list, and has the Distinguished Service Award and Hall of Fame membership from the World Badminton Federation (BWF). She has a Doctorate of Physical Education from Beijing Sport University, and when not playing badminton she enjoys tennis, swimming and golf.


Aya Medany

Egyptian modern pentathlete Aya Medany made her Olympic debut at the Olympic Games Athens 2004 as the youngest competitor in both the Egyptian team and competing in her sport, and went on to compete it two subsequent Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. Aya has used her sporting status in Egypt to promote equal opportunities for women and men in sport and act as a mentor to young athletes. In 2014, Aya won the IOC’s Women and Sport Trophy for Africa for her contributions to the development, encouragement and reinforcement of women’s participation in sport and she continuously strives to use the power of sport to have a positive impact on the lives of young people. Aya is a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission since 2016.