Napoli 2019 Summer Universiade – Welcome to Team Suisse!

Universiade

Team Suisse receives athletics growth: 9 athletes and 9 athletes will participate in the Summer Universiade from 3.-14. July 2019 in Naples for Switzerland at the start. Salomé Kora and Ajla Del Ponte are also two of the Taipei Gold Relay 2017 athletes. A promising starting position.

Welcome to Team Suisse!

Universiade

Swiss University Sports intends to build on the successes of the Winter Universiade in Russia at the 30th Summer Universiade in Naples, July 3-14, 2019. The selections in archery, fencing, artistic gymnastics, swimming, sailing, sport shooting and table tennis form the official start of Mission Napoli 2019.

The Swiss delegation with about 90 athletes and athletes will perform in Naples in the 11 sports archery, athletics, fencing, artistic gymnastics, judo, swimming, sailing, sport shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis and volleyball. There she wants to build on the successes of the Swiss delegation of the Winter Universiade in March. The goal is to return to Switzerland with 4 medals and 12 diplomas. Appeals are made especially to experienced Universiade participants such as artistic gymnast Marco Walter. For the bronze medal winner on the ground in Gwangju 2015, it is the third Universiade participation, as well as the completion of his top sports career.

For others, who give their Universiade debut in 2019, the experience counts first and foremost. “The Universiade is the perfect setting for very young athletes to get to know and handle the atmosphere and challenges of an international event,” says Renato Maggi, Head of Delegation. Nonetheless, they too could benefit from the whole environment, such as professional support from their own staff, like a medical team and outgrow them in this environment. “We have a lot to say about Team Suisse because we travel to Napoli with top-class athletes,” Maggi continues.

Selections are made in eight sports

With selections in archery, fencing, artistic gymnastics, swimming, sailing, sport shooting and table tennis, Swiss University Sports names the first 14 athletes and 21 athletes representing Switzerland in Naples. After completing her swimming career is no longer the successful Universiade participant Martina van Berkel. With her silver medal at the Summer Universiade 2017 in Taipei, she is not only a role model for the mission Napoli 2019 for young talents of her own sport like Svenja Stoffel (national squad swiss swimming).

Swiss Students Sports Award 2019

In cooperation with the Organizing Committee of the Winter Universiade 2021, Swiss University Sports hosted the Swiss Students Sports Award 2018/2019 for the first time at the LUGA fair in Lucern. The Students Sports Awards went to Amélie Dupasquier (double silver medal winner in alpine skiing at the Winter Universiade 2019 in Krasnojarsk) and Jonas Egger (two gold and one bronce medal at the WUC Orienteering in Finland) .
University Games
In cooperation with the Organizing Committee of the Winter Universiade 2021, Swiss University Sports hosted the Swiss Students Sports Award 2018/2019 for the first time at the LUGA fair in Lucerne. Some 130 athletes and officials, supporters, guests and delegates from academic, political and sports authorities witnessed a nice show, presented and moderated by Beat Antenen, TV moderator and entertainer.

Mike Kurt, President of Swiss University Sports underlined the importance of the dual career, a process which still has to be further developed at Swiss Universities. Daniel Studer, responsible for the EUSA events in Swiss University Sports, presented the awards to Lausanne University Volleyball female team, winner of the EUG 2018 in Coimbra, Portugal, and to Thomas Heiniger and Florian Schmid, Silver medalist in the men’s double also in Coimbra.

Among the 12 medal winners at different World University Championships in 2018, Marilen Matter Graf, Head of Elite sports had the honor to present the Swiss Students Sports Award 2018 to Jonas Egger. Egger won two gold and one bronce medal at the WUC Orienteering in Finland. Additional medal winners came from Floorball, Beach volleyball men, Rowing and Weightlifting. Finally the Head of the Swiss delegation at the Winter Universiade 2019 in Krasnojarsk, Christoph Böcklin, presented the Award 2019 to Amélie Dupasquier, double silver medal winner in alpine skiing. Show dance performances under the leadership of Karin Udvardi from Lucerne University Sports as well as a song “Mittendrin” by Paul Etterlin demonstrated the unity between Sport, Education and Culture.

The ceremony closed by Beat Antenen who interviewed Urs Hunkeler, Managing Director of the Winter Universiade 2021, about the way from Krasnojarsk to Lucerne. Some video clips gave a complete overview about the success of Swiss Student Athletes at the EUG 2018 in Coimbra, the different WUC 2018 and the Winter Universiade 2019 in Krasnojarsk. The ceremony at Lucerne Fair LUGA was a strong demonstration of the close links between Swiss University Sports and the OC of the Winter Universiade 2021 in Lucerne, Central Switzerland.

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