Long before the Center for Sport Leadership officially adopted Global-Mindedness as one of its core values, the European Model of Sport elective has been an invaluable part of the program. At the end of the semester, students travel abroad to various European cities for 12 days of study abroad, meeting top sport professionals, visiting world-class venues and discussing the issues they face, including club structure, players’ rights, marketing, event management and corporate sponsorship. Below is a first-hand account from our students on what they are experiencing.
by Marie Davis & Samantha Mitchell
Wednesday was scheduled to be an action packed day in Lausanne, Switzerland and it delivered. First thing in the morning, the group was greeted by Andre` Gueisbuhler, the Secretary General of the International Gymnastics Federation. Andre` spoke to us on the vision and goals of the IFG and how they hope to develop gymnastics programs all over the world with an emphasis on the Oceanic region. Following that, the group went to the offices of the Sports International Consulting firm TSE. Greg Curchod, one of the program directors, enlightened us on the firm’s current project, which is the bid to bring the 2020 youth Olympic games to Lausanne, Switzerland. Greg was also able to show us products used in previous bids TSE has worked on including New York’s bid for the 2012 Olympics and Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics. Following our visit, our group took the scenic route to our next stop, experiencing the breathtaking view of the Alps overlooking Lake Geneva.
The World Cycling Center houses the headquarters for the International Cycling Union. Our entire group had the opportunity to hop on a bike and experience the velodrome. We all gained a new appreciation for cycling after our turn on the track. Our group then heard from Vanda Jones, the Out of Competition Testing Coordinator at the CADF. We learned more about the CADF organization and their drug testing process, both in and out of competition. We also had the opportunity to hear from Andrea Marcellini who is the women’s cycling coordinator at the UCI. She said the biggest issue surrounding women’s cycling is the perception of rampant doping and cheating. The UCI has implemented strategies to try to combat that issue, which include education, grassroots programs, and using social media.
We then left the world cycling center and made our way back through the beautiful scenery to end our day at Berner Sport Club Young Boys, a famous Swiss sporting club based in the capital city of Bern. Known internationally as Young Boys, the first team plays in the Swiss Super League and has won 11 Swiss league championships and six Swiss Cups. The club’s sports also include field hockey and bowling. The women’s hockey team also plays in the highest Swiss League.