Place of Birth: Oslo, Norway
University: Univeristy of Oslo (NOR)
Sport: Badminton Published 13 March 2020
How and why did you get involved in Badminton?
When I was around ten years old, one of my friends asked me if I would join her at Badminton practise, and I really liked it! I have played Badminton ever since.
What do you study, and how do you balance your study, training and competition?
I study Chemistry at the University of Oslo. As most people in my situation would say, it is all about time management and priorities. You have to sacrifice other things in life, to gain success as both a student and an athlete, but in the end, it is (hopefully) worth it.
Tell us about your experiences at previous EUSA events…
I participated both in the European Universities Championship in Ljubljana in 2017 and in the European Universities Games in Coimbra in 2018. In 2017 we won the silver medal in the team event, which was amazing! In both championships the atmosphere was really special, not only inside the hall, but outside as well! It is something everybody in university sport should experience if possible.
What are you looking forward to most in Belgrade, and what are your aspirations?
I’m really looking forward to the team event and being part of a team with my friends, because even though Badminton is usually an individual sport, there is something special about playing as a team. And hopefully we can perform well together and also have a lot of fun.
“It is something everybody in university sport should experience if possible.”
Why do you think taking part in university sport is important?
When you are a student, I think it is important to have something that can take your mind away from the stress of studying, so university sport is a great option. Also, it enables you to meet people with some of the same interests as yourself.
What is your most memorable university sport moment?
My most memorable university sport moment must be when me and my doubles partner secured a place in the final of the team event in 2017, by winning the last match in the team event. It was a tight match that could have gone either way, so when we won it was a great feeling and definitely something to remember!
What is your message to European student-athletes like yourself?
Take and enjoy the possibilities that being a student-athlete gives you, and remember to do what you do because you like and enjoy it, both study and sport wise.
EUSA would like to congratulate Elisa for her success in previous EUSA competitions and we hope to see her very soon, at the 2020 European Universities Games in Belgrade, Serbia!