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Commonwealth Games sprint medallist Micha Powell to release inspiring memoir

The book, entitled, "Sprinting Through Setbacks: An Olympian’s Guide to Overcoming Self-Doubt and Imposter Syndrome," will hit shelves this summer

Micha Powell Photo by: Nick Iwanyshyn

The 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Micha Powell, is set to release a memoir and workbook for young women, entitled, “Sprinting Through Setbacks: An Olympian’s Guide to Overcoming Self-Doubt and Imposter Syndrome.”

The memoir will chronicle her decade of professional racing experience, sharing vulnerable stories about growing up in the shadow of two Olympian parents, navigating injuries and finding the courage to adopt an Olympic mindset.

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Micha Powell (right) and the Canadian women’s 4x400m team at the 2022 World Athletics Championships. Photo: Kevin Morris

From the day Powell was born, she has had athletics ingrained in her DNA. She is the child of three-time Canadian Olympian Rosey Edeh and current long jump world record holder, American Mike Powell.

“I’m thrilled to share my story about how I accomplished my goals while overcoming setbacks and self-doubt as an Olympic athlete,” said Powell. “I want people to take away from this book that it’s not a linear path to success, and embrace the imperfect journey to triumph and use that resilience to accomplish their big goals in life.”

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The book will feature 10 pivotal races from Powell’s career, each accompanied by a lesson she learned. Additionally, workbook-style sections will be included to allow young readers to apply Powell’s experiences to their own lives. The topics covered in the book range from finding balance and style to overcoming imposter syndrome and finding your spotlight.

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Micha Jada Powell, Canadian Olympian in the 400m, in Toronto in 2023. Photo: Nick Iwanyshyn

The 29-year-old has set her sights on qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics in the women’s 400m and 4x400m relay for Team Canada. The memoir is geared toward young women early in their schooling or athletic careers, aiming to inspire the reader no matter their goals or future endeavours.

The book, co-authored by Canadian Running writer Molly Hurford, founder of Strong Girl Publishing, is scheduled for release in summer 2024. Fans and readers can follow @MichaJadaPowell and @StrongGirlPublishing on Instagram and TikTok for updates on the writing process, early feedback and sneak peeks from the upcoming book.

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