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The University of St.Gallen’s Unisport has concluded a successful year. The Swiss University Championships (SHM) in Tenero constituted
the final act and, at the same time, an absolute highlight. From 31 May to 2 June 2019, a delegation of the University of St.Gallen faced their national competitors on various sports grounds in the Ticino. With five teams in four sports, the HSG scored two notable victories: the men’s football team and the women’s volleyball team both made first place. Lina Samland is the coach of the volleyball team. She is more than happy.
"The interlinkage between the associations and Unisport works optimally."
“I had mixed feelings on the way to Tenero. We did have a good team, but then that’s never a guarantee. Also, we were dealing with some hard nuts to crack in our group. Our victory in the thrilling final was a really great success.” In fact, Lina’s team had only completed four training sessions together in Unisport before the SHM. Since volleyball is not organised as an association and the standard is rather high, the search for players was a challenge. Lina was pleased that she was able to fully concentrate on the team.
This was because for the first time, someone assumed the role of Head of Delegation. Unisport instructor Mirco Trachsel was accorded this honour. He dealt with the registrations and ensured that everything ran smoothly. Like Lina, he had a very favourable impression of the event. Besides the good performance of the teams, he particularly emphasised the great atmosphere: “All our athletes are high-spirited and open-minded! The interlinkage between the associations and Unisport works optimally. Besides the Swiss University Championships in Tenero, we were able to assemble a successful delegation for the Royals Cup in Maastricht, for example.”
Nonetheless, Mirco experienced disappointment right at the beginning of the Unisport year: “We wanted to take part in the Moscow Games with a roughly 40-strong delegation. Unfortunately, the event was cancelled on rather short notice. That took the wind out of my sails somewhat in my new position.” Therefore it was all the nicer that the sports teams of the University of St.Gallen were able to cause such a furore in the spring semester − with the focus being on one team, in particular. The men’s football team is still facing an absolute highlight. With last year’s victory at the SHM, the team qualified for the European Universities Championships (EUC) in Madrid. But that is not all: in 2020, the football players and the women’s volleyball team will represent the University of St.Gallen at the European Games in Belgrade.