A Student of the Faculty of Health Care Studies Will Participate in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo
As at the recent Olympics, UWB will have its representative at the XVI Summer Paralympic Games, which will be held in Tokyo on Tuesday, August 24.
Dušková, a third-year student of the Faculty of Health Studies and a future
occupational therapist, will compete with the best swimmers in the world.
Karlovy Vary, she was diagnosed with a lipoma on her spine at the age of seven
months. The diagnosis came too late, and despite difficult surgery, the nerves
in her legs and knees became necrotic. Originally, Vendula started
swimming as part of her rehabilitation, and today she is one of the best Czech
para-swimmers. In addition to many domestic achievements, she participated in
the Paralympic Games in Rio. She considers the participation in finals in Rio
and the second place at the 2018 European Championships to be her greatest
preparation for Tokyo was different from for Rio. "Actually, everything has changed. We have a new trainer, a
fitness trainer and a physiotherapist are involved in the preparation, and we
train at different locations. The preparation for Rio was focused on two of us.
Now, we have a big group of Paralympians and healthy swimmers who are our
sparring partners. Covid changed our plans, but it's a song already played,"
says the swimmer.
Dušková is partially confined to a wheelchair, but she successfully manages to
combine study and sports. Therefore, she is one of the 21 students of the
University of West Bohemia included in the UNIS programme of the Ministry of
Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, which supports university
students engaged in sports activities through scholarships and subsidies.
occasion of the Tokyo Paralympics, Vendula Dušková was chosen by the Czech
Paralympic Committee as one of the main faces of the campaign We Are Ready to Shine.
to the Dean of the Faculty Lukáš Štich, her mettle inspires not only her
classmates, but also academic staff and other employees. "There are many talents, both students
are graduates, who have overcome difficulties and went far within our Faculty.
Some succeeded professionally, some in sports, others in the field of
volunteering. Of course, we are pleased
to see them both successful and happy. We try to support them as much as we can
and try to keep in touch with them after they leave our Faculty as successful
graduates. They are an inspiration and motivation for us, and messengers of
good news, of which there is never enough," said the Dean.
Faculty of Health Care Studies
| Pavel KORELUS
23. 08. 2021