Place of Birth: Les Escaldes, Andorra
University: Ramon Llull University (ESP)
Sport: Judo Published 29 October 2019
How and why did you get involved in Judo?
I first got involved in Judo when I was 14. I used to play rugby until one day on summer vacation I did a training camp which involved Rugby training in the morning and Judo training in the afternoon. As soon as I walked into the dojo, I was left speechless while watching people throw each other down with different techniques and not getting hurt. I knew I wanted to see more so I ended up leaving rugby for judo.
What do you study, and how do you balance your study, training and competition?
I study Business Management and Technology and I try to balance these three areas of my university life by organising myself carefully. With time I have able to balance them the exams and my competitions without any problems, but I also have the help of my university which helps me find new dates for my exams if I am unable to write them.
Tell us about your experiences at the European Universities Championships 2019. Was it your first time at a EUSA event, and what did you enjoy the most?
It was my first time at a EUSA event and I was surprised by the amount of people and teams that came from different countries. I was also able to realize at what level I was at that moment, so it helped me build a new mindset for the upcoming season. What I enjoyed the most was the brilliant atmosphere between teams as we were able to communicate with each other and meet new people and cultures, even though we had just had a fight with the same persons the day before.
“What I enjoyed the most was the brilliant atmosphere between teams.”
Why do you think taking part in university sport is important?
It is very important because it helps students build more experiences around something we love, making it easier to go through our university years as it incentivizes us to do better in every aspect of university, not only sports. It is also very important to take part in these events to give university sport more importance and more internationality.
Next year the European Universities Games are taking place in Belgrade, Serbia. Are you hoping to be there, and if so, what do you hope to achieve?
I am hoping to be there and to achieve a result I can be proud of, as that would mean that I worked hard for it and I was able to give my 100% in every combat.
What is your favourite university sport moment?
My favourite university sport moment was when all the universities gathered at the opening ceremony because that’s where I realised how big and interesting sports in the university is.
What is your message to European student-athletes like yourself?
My message to other student-athletes is to keep up a work pace to be able to achieve what they want in sports and in their career as this work ethic will be help full in our life outside university when we are done. Never stop doing the sport you love.
EUSA would like to congratulate David for his success at the 2019 European Universities Championships, and we hope to see him next year at the European Universities Games 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia!