Wednesday 28 September 2016

Heaslip backs Zeminar to empower youngsters

Greg Harkin

Published 23/05/2016 | 02:30

Jamie Heaslip is greeted by supporter Tara McDermott, from Edenderry, Co Offaly, following his man of the match performance for Leinster in the play-off against Ulster Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Jamie Heaslip is greeted by supporter Tara McDermott, from Edenderry, Co Offaly, following his man of the match performance for Leinster in the play-off against Ulster Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Leinster supporter Shane Bedlow, from Sandyford, Dublin, shows his delight after Jamie Heaslip gave him his match boots Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

He was man of the match in Leinster's crucial victory over Ulster, and now Jamie Heaslip is gearing up to share some of his leadership skills with young people.

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More than 30,000 teenagers aged 15 to 19 are expected to attend 'Zeminar' at the RDS in October.

Ireland rugby star Heaslip and former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh are among those supporting the massive event.

"I got involved because of the way Zeminar approaches a very important stage in people's lives. It approaches it with a holistic approach," said Heaslip. He said it was about "empowering people with a better overall view on their options".

"I would have really enjoyed the option to attend something like this (when I was younger)."

Damien Clarke, a former Web Summit employee and youth worker behind the three-day event, says he has already been approached about taking the event abroad, six months before the inaugural launch.

"We'll never export the event," said Damien.

"However, we will look at repeating the same event in other countries. Ideally, in a few years' time we could have simaltaneous events in other countries."

Zeminar will host a series of workshops, talks and activations inspired by the issues facing Generation Z.

Guest speakers will discuss topics including sexuality, sport, technology, entrepreneurship, nutrition, wellness and bullying.

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