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Congratulations Simona! MSc Management student wins silver medal at world university games

In August 2017, Durham University Business School MSc Management (International Business) student Simona Parajova won silver medal at the 29th Summer Universiade in Taipei, a town in Asia. The games, organised under the FISU (International University Sports Federation), were held on 19-30 August for students from all around the world.

The event is the Olympic Games for students and approximately 12,000 student-athletes attended. Simona won a silver medal in the mixed doubles tennis tournament with partner Ivan Kosec.

Simona said: “It was an amazing experience to be part of such an enormous event. I was happy to represent my country (Slovakia) as well as Durham University. Words can't describe this amazing event. It felt like I was playing a real Olympic Games.”

The Universiade is seen as the “ultimate dream” for university athletes worldwide. For the variety of competitions and the number of participating countries and athletes, it is one of the highest-profile international sporting events and comes second only to the Olympic Games. The name is derived from the words University and Olympiade.

Simona continued:

“The organization was amazing. For athlete students from all around the world, organizers prepared not only amazing sports venues, but there were available multiple educational seminars or travel trips.”

The Universiade includes 14 compulsory sports, 7 optional sports and 1 demonstration sport. These range from athletics to basketball to weightlifting. Unfortunately, Simona became ill whilst in Taipei, so she couldn’t fully participate in singles tennis as planned, but thoroughly enjoyed her time at the games.

Simona said: “The emotions after each match were so strong and Universiade is one of my favourite moments of my tennis career. The two most memorable experiences this year were to win silver medal from Universiade, and winning team and individual BUCS championship for Durham.”

Congratulations Simona!