Gwendolyn Loud-Johnson grew up in Los Angeles, California and was a phenomenal Track and Field athlete. She attended Westchester High School located in Playa Del Ray, California where she consistently qualified for the California State Championships finals all four years of her high school career. In her senior year, she single handily won the Girl’s Team Title by winning the 100 meters, 200 meters, Long Jump and anchored the winning 4 x 100 meter relay. That performance catapulted her to the number one Track and Field recruit in the country. Irrefutably, Gwen was a highly persuaded Student/Athlete recruit.
Gwen won a full scholarship to University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) where she qualified for her first of five Olympic Trials Finals in the Women’s Long Jump. However, her undergraduate degree was completed from the University of Hawaii with a B.S. In Merchandise and Marketing. During her tenure at the University of Hawaii, she won the NCAA Division I title in the Women’s Long Jump.
Gwen has competed both nationally and internationally representing the United States on numerous teams including World Championships, Pan American Games, Eight Nation Meet and several Junior National Teams in countries, such as Russia, China, Japan, Finland, and Cuba.
With more then 20 years of experience, Gwen has utilized her expertise and interests toward coaching, teaching and lecturing. She has successfully coached at Fresno City College, Long Beach State, University of California, Irvine, and North Cobb High School. Additionally, she has been a highly sought after sports specific lecturer and motivational speaker. Gwen has served as the USATF of Georgia Track and Field Chairman (for several years).
Presently, Gwen resides in Smyrna, Georgia with her son Manoah and dog Beagle Riley. Professionally, she works as a Corporate Fitness Instructor servicing many of Atlanta’s Fortune 500 companies.
Gwen’s core passion resonates on this simple quote stated by Henry Ford, “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”