On September 18-20, the European Athletes as Students (EAS) network in Falun gathered for a conference on elite sports and studies. This year’s theme for the conference was “Back to their future” and aims at having the best of elite student athletes in mind as the network started in Falun in 2004.
The conference was successful and in addition to interesting discussions, participants were welcomed by the municipal council Joakim Storck and the head of the Dalarna Sports Association, Peter Berglund. They also got a guided tour of the World Cup Museum in the big jumping hill at Lugnet and also an appreciated evening at Magasinet where a scholarship award took place.
Participants from 20 different countries came to the conference to discuss how higher education and higher education institutions can develop the opportunities to combine studies while having an elite sports career, says the project manager for the conference Marit Stub Nybelius.
The focus of the EAS network is on dual careers of student athletes. Double careers are very important for elite athletes to be able to train during their elite sports careers and have something to fall back on after the end of their sports careers.
At the MGAZINE on September 19, the “Bengt Nybelius Award was given”, a scholarship, which was established in 2013 by EAS in memory of Bengt Nybelius. Bengt Nybelius who was one of the founders of the EAS network.
This year’s recipient of the scholarship was Masar Gajak from Pristina in Kosovo.