A young man chasing his Olympic dream, Mahmoud Olwan, loves horseback riding. As a member of a local horse club in Palestine, he is known to be the best in what he does. He exudes determination and discipline as being the top horseback riding athlete and such, is his vision to compete in the upcoming Equestrian Olympics in Tokyo.
Mahmoud has been through intensive training for the past six years. Arriving in the US from a sponsorship opportunity, he has dedicated full time improving his skills at Echo Glen Equestrian Center. Mahmoud is doing the chasing training program of Eric Noel, wherein he learns the art of communicating with horses to achieve effective riding techniques. Mahmoud is determined to develop every aspect of horsemanship so that he can make it to the Olympics competition successfully.
Mahmoud’s dream of competing in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics is to create a new perspective of Palestine. Coming from a war-affected country, he witnessed chaos and hopelessness among his countrymen. Mahmoud believes that by competing in the Olympics, he will send a message of peace and love for his country. He wants to show that Palestinian youth, like him, are capable of success and that there a lot of opportunities open for them if they work hard for it.
Preparing for the Olympics competition does not only involve improving one’s skill set, just like chasing a big dream, but it would need a lot of support too. Mahmoud’s journey towards his goal is fueled by his determination and perseverance. He also admits that his dream has been realized through a sponsorship program that brought him the opportunity to train in the US. Through his community at Echo Glen Equestrian Center, Mahmoud has received support from them to fund his day to day activities and training expenses.
Aside from competing in the Olympic games, Mahmoud envisions creating a community for the youth in Palestine. Seeing the opportunities that sports can bring to deserving youth, he plans to build a sports clinic on horseback riding in the US someday for Palestinetan horseback riding athletes and all other athletes seeking opportunities. As such, he will devote his skills and expertise in training the potential of his fellow Palestinians and all other athletes in the US and preparing them for future Olympic competitions. He will provide an avenue for change through a community that supports each other.
Mahmoud is a promising, well-disciplined athlete who can make it to the competition. With the expected expenses of his journey towards the Olympics, Mahmoud needs monetary support to fund his big dream of making it to the competition. He is knocking on people’s kind and generous hearts to help him fund his upcoming Olympics. With your support, you are helping a young man from Palestine make a difference for his country. Mahmoud wants to believe that by “you can achieve the highest greatness by not letting dreams just be dreams.” He is determined to conquer all obstacles to fulfill his dreams.
Support Mahmoud’s journey towards the Olympics game and discover how you can be of help to him realize that dream through his Instagram.