|EUSA Newsletter 04-2016, ISSN 1855-4571|
New opportunities to take part in the EUG2016Although we just entered to the spring season in Europe, the European Universities Games Zagreb-Rijeka 2016 are getting closer and closer every day. Hrki, the official mascot of the Games, is already very busy, and he expects participants from all over Europe to join him soon.
In the beginning of March, Hrki brought smiles to young and more experienced skiers when he tried skiing on the newly opened ski run Tesanj on Platak.
The campaign of planting 500 new plants around the Jarun Lake symbolically started in mid March. The Mayor of Zagreb, Milan Bandic, together with the Minister of Science, Education and Sports, Predrag Sustar, Rector of the University of Zagreb, Damir Boras and President of the European Universities Games Zagreb – Rijeka 2016 (EUG 2016), Zrinko Custonja, planted the first tree. Newly planted trees will represent the universities that will participate at the EUG 2016. New trees will also enrich environment around Jarun Lake which will be the official venue for a variety of sports competitions during this multi-sport event.
If you are interested to take part in the event, make sure you hurry up! Due to high interest from EUSA members, as well as from European universities and students, EUSA and OC decided to reopen registration in sports where we can accept a few more entries. These sports are now reopened until fulfilment of available places, latest by April 15, 2016: Basketball 3x3, Bridge, Chess, Golf, Judo, Karate, Para Swimming, Para Table Tennis, Rowing, Rugby 7s, Sport Climbing, Swimming, Taekwondo, Water Polo. Other sports are closed, as we already have full competition brackets. Registration is possible through the national university sports bodies.
We also appreciate helping hands in organising the event - registrations for international volunteers is open until April 1.
|What's up! Section - Student Column|
|Reflecting on the 2016 EUSA Student Commission Meeting
The Student Commission (STC) of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) met in Ljubljana, Slovenia on March 25, 2016.
This live meeting of the EUSA STC represented a great opportunity to achieve a large amount of work and obtain some key actions from the meeting, but it was also as a great opportunity to experience a new and interesting culture and to meet and interact with the local people. Especially for those members who have never been to Slovenia before.
As this was the first live meeting of the Commission since our new members were elected last year; it was very beneficial that we all arrived on Thursday, allowing us to get to know each other much better than possible over Skype for the past few months. It also gave us the opportunity to visit the EUSA Office to see where and how the organisation is run as well as incorporate some sightseeing of Ljubljana.
There were six members of the STC expected to travel but due to the closure of Brussels airport our Chair, Isabella Colafranceso couldn’t attend. Isabella did join us on Skype for the duration of the meeting. It was decided that I would be Chair designate for the meeting. The agenda items would be outlined by the STC Chair and then she would listen in while the rest of the members discussed the item before reverting with our conclusions to her. This system worked well and we discussed a large and varied number of topics in a very comprehensive way. We were joined for our meeting by Ms Anett Fodor and Mr Romain Charrier, EVS volunteers in the EUSA Office. Mr Andrej Pisl, Communications and Projects Manager and our office liaison. He was present for the entire meeting and was always on hand to respond to any questions and supply useful and contextual information that we needed.
Mr Matjaz Pecovnik, EUSA Secretary General welcomed us at the beginning of the day and gave an overview of the importance of the Student Commission within the organisation and wished us a successful meeting. Mr Pisl gave a general introduction to EUSA and to the EUSA Student Commission.
In the productive meeting, the EUSA STC Digital Campaign and within the field of Media and Communications the monthly What’s Up column and Photo Competition were discussed. We will soon be launching a campaign highlighting the impact university sport has had on and continues to have on European athletes, volunteers and other people involved in sport.
We went on to talk about one of the most visible and successful projects, the EUSA Volunteer Program. We also received a presentation on the upcoming European University Games from STC member Mr Nikola Vincetic (CRO), who is also a member of the organising committee of EUG2016, Zagreb-Rijeka.
Special focus was given to the field of networking, both internally (cooperation with EUSA members and other Commissions within EUSA) and externally (cooperation with other organisations). On the students level, apart from good cooperation with ENGSO Youth, preparations are underway to establish cooperation with the European Students’ Union (ESU). We developed definite plans that we hope to communicate to you in the near future.
We concluded the meeting having decided on the date for our next Skype meeting. The STC is happy with the items that we decided on and look forward to interacting with the students of European university sport in many beneficial and positive ways into the future.
EUSA Student Commission is one of the oldest commissions within EUSA, and ensures the voice of the students is represented in the organisation. The Commission is currently composed by Mr Conor Traynor (IRL), Ms Katarzyna Czalej (POL), Mr Grisha Amirkhanyan (ARM), Mr Seit Demiri (SLO), Ms Anna Edes (HUN), Mr Andrey Pavlov (RUS), Mr Nikola Vincetic (CRO) and is chaired by Ms Isabella Colafrancesco (GBR). Mr Andrej Pisl (SLO) acts as the Office liaison and secretary of the commission.
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