Rector Miroslav Holeček Thanks the Olympians from UWB
This year, three students from the University of West Bohemia carried the Czech flag at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. On Tuesday, 7 September, the Rector of UWB, Miroslav Holeček, congratulated them on their outstanding performances.
All three Olympians are members of the UNIS
programme, through which the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports supports
gifted university students.
Runner Tereza Hrochová from the Faculty of Law was nominated for
the Olympic Games after her first marathon. The Škoda Plzeň athlete holds two national titles in the half-
marathon and won the championship in cross-country and hill running. At the
Olympics, she was surprised by sudden health problems, yet she completed the
marathon and finished in 58th place in 2:42:45. Already in 2018, the Rector
granted Tereza Hrochová an extraordinary scholarship for excellent sports results.
In addition to sports achievements, the former student of the bachelor
programme Legal Specialization can boast of already completed studies in the
master programme Law and Legal Science.
Thanks to Marie Horáčková, a student of Physical Education and
Sport at the Faculty of Education, Czech archery was represented at the
Olympics after thirteen years. Although
she has not gone through the selection process, she is satisfied with her
Olympic premiere and wants to participate in the Paris Olympics in three years.
Marie won a number of championships at the national level and was successful in
European and world competitions. Four years ago, the Rector granted her an
extraordinary scholarship for winning gold medals at the Czech Indoor Junior
Championships and the Czech Women's Championships.
Vendula Dušková, a student of Occupational Therapy at the
Faculty of Health Care Studies, who is partially confined to a wheelchair, is
one of the best Czech paralympians. The silver medallist from the 2018 European Championships
left for Tokyo with Olympic experience from Rio de Janeiro and was successful
– she made it to the finals in all three
swimming disciplines she entered. She
swam a personal best of 3:06.56 in the qualification round of the 200-metre
medley race and was eighth in the final. In the 400-metre freestyle race she
gained the sixth place and in the 100-metre breaststroke the
"Combining studies and top-level sport is not always easy
and it definitely requires a lot of discipline. I appreciate that we have such
talented people at our University who give excellent sports performances and
study successfully, and show us that it is good to think about our distant
future," says Rector Miroslav Holeček. "The UNIS programme of the Ministry of
Education, Youth and Sports is a support for students, thanks to which they can
devote their time to their studies and the development of their sports
talent," adds the Rector.
The UNIS Programme was launched by the
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in cooperation with the sports centre
VICTORIA VSC in 2020 to support the dual careers of university athletes. "We want to create conditions for
successful and promising athletes so that they can meet demanding study
requirements and at the same time be able to devote themselves to sports
training and participate in competitions," explains Lenka Kovářová,
Director of VICTORIA VSC.
UNIS provides support through the scholarship
programme of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports which is administered by
VICTORIA VSC. The second part of the funds goes to universities within the
non-investment subsidy programme of the Ministry of Education, Youth and
Sports, which is intended for coordination and service support of selected
students. Therefore, students can enjoy many services in various fields, such
as in sports medicine, psychology, nutritional counselling, and rehabilitation.
At the University of West Bohemia, in addition to these services, athletes can
enjoy physiotherapy services, which are funded by the city of Pilsen.
The project sets out five performance
categories – from A, with a monthly
scholarship of CZK 15,000, to E, with a scholarship of CZK 5,000. Scholarships
are not guaranteed for the entire period of study; students must defend their eligibility
each season. There are currently 21 students of the University of West Bohemia
in the programme. Thanks to their outstanding performances, they meet the
quotas for being classified into the two highest categories. "The triple nomination for the Olympics
proves that the UNIS programme is on the right track. It allows students to
focus on study and sports, which has a positive effect on their
performance," declares Václav Salcman from the Centre for Physical
Education and Sport of the Faculty of Education, which coordinates the UNIS
project at UWB.
Rector Miroslav Holeček, Vendula Dušková.
Rector Miroslav Holeček, Tereza Hrochová.
Rector Miroslav Holeček, Vendula Dušková.
Rector Miroslav Holeček, Marie Horáčková.
Tereza Hrochová, Marie Horáčková.
| Šárka Stará
07. 09. 2021