Dual career in perfection – Where sport meets education

Here I am with my second blog this year where I will share with you my impressions from the World Student Games 2017.

This year, the World Student Games, also called ‘Universiade’ was held in Taipei, Taiwan. As a member of the Swiss delegation, I got the chance to participate and get involved in the second biggest multi-sports event on earth. It was an awesome experience to meet up with students from all over the world and compete in a high-level competition. To be part of this fantastic spirit was a unique and unforgettable experience. The Taipei organizing committee held the event under the official motto of ‘For You, For Youth’. 

The event epitomized the passion and love for sport and education.
During the Universiade, sport and education meet on a highest level, bringing together more than 10,000 athletes in a single village in New Taipei.
I couldn’t feel any religious, language or ethnical barriers among athletes and staff. We just all joined together to compete in this beautiful country. The Organizing Committee did an outstanding job, putting those Games together. The volunteers just stayed so friendly and helpful from the beginning until the end of the 2017 Summer Universiade. 

I competed in the 400m and the 4x400m relay for my country, Switzerland. With an almost personal best in the 400m Semi-Finals, I finished the individual 400m in the 13th position out of 68 competitors. However, the highlight was certainly the 4x400m relay finals at the last competition day in the Taipei Municipal stadium. The stadium was almost sold out and the home crowd was there to support the 4x400m team of Chinese Taipei. I am proud to say that ‘little’ Switzerland was also part of the final. We raced outstandingly, but in the end luck was not on our side. We finished the race in a solid 5th place, receiving an Universiade Diploma.

And here we have the Video which shows even athletics can be quite hard :)

Next to the competition a lot of different Outreach session were organised for the athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and the Taipei Organising Committee.The Adecco Group, through the IOC Athlete Career Programme, assisted Universiade athletes for life after sport providing workshops in career transition. I am one of these athletes, who got their job through the IOC Athlete Career Programme in cooperation with the Adecco Group. 

Furthermore, the Swiss team was very proud to have the engagement from The Adecco Group as a partner of Swiss University Sport Foundation.


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