It is our pleasure to introduce one of our TIQ2Sports ambassadors: Olympian decathlete Slaven Dizdarević. To us, Slaven is a true inspiration: he holds several both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, has had an incredible career in sports and always aspires to make the world of sports accessible to all.
Olympic Sports career
Slaven’s sports career was marked by an impressive number of successes and adventures. The biggest one being, without a doubt, was the opportunity to represent Slovakia at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 as a decathlete. Slaven also holds the indoor heptathlon national record (5712 points). Over the course of his athletic career he also won several national champion titles. Whilst training and competing as an elite athlete, Slaven never neglected his education. He holds a degree in economics and completed a postgraduate program in Sports Management at the Académie Internationale des Sciences et Techniques du Sport (AISTS), in Lausanne. To him the message is clear: “When you combine school and sports, you perform better in both”. Even though he no longer performs at an Olympic level, sports remain part of Slaven’s daily life. He has over 10 years of experience in personal coaching of young athletes and adults. He also works as the head track and field coach and fitness supervisor at the International School of Lausanne. As Slaven perceives sports to be a “learning platform”, this school environment is clearly very fitting. His coaching motivates these young athletes to grow and develop their capabilities. Additionally, Slaven is the founder and managing director of Kids Athletics, which organises weekly trainings and year-round holiday camps. And just to add one more thing to the list, Slaven is also co-founder of Association 6, a non-profit organisation that works to create a world in which all athletes are treated fairly and equally, in all areas of sports, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Slaven’s sports mentality and his eagerness to motivate people to partake more in sportive activities is very much in line with what we strive for at TIQ 2 Sports. We are grateful for having him on board. Thank you Slaven!
What exactly is a decathlon and a heptathlon?
Both are athletic competitions that last two days and are composed of several different events. The decathlon (déka means ten in Greek) consists of the following ten events: 100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meters, 110 meters hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500 meters. The heptathlon (hepta means seven in Greek) consists of the following seven events: 200 meters, long jump, high, jump, shot put, javelin throw, 100-meter hurdles and 800 meters. Note: Outdoors, the heptathlon is a women’s only event. Indoors, men complete the male equivalent of a heptathlon.
Slaven organises sport camps in Lausanne
Slaven founded Kids Athletics. They organise sport camps in Lausanne for children during school holidays. In case you are interested, more details are available.