EUSA Insider: Jakub Vojtík
Place of Birth: Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic
University: Charles University (CZE)
Published: 12 December 2017
Briefly describe how and why did you get involved in Bridge?
I was always into mind sports, I started playing chess at a very young age but at one point I realised I needed a change. Bridge was taught at my school and it was the perfect option for me.
"I think it is good for the athletes to compete
at international level as often as possible"
What do you study? How do you balance your study, trainings and competitions?
I study mathematics. I am lucky that most opportunities to play bridge take place in Prague, where I also study, so it is easier to balance. However, at one point I needed to set my priorities and focus more on my education. There have been many occasions where I had to skip a bridge tournament because of my duties at university.
Tell us about your experience of the European Universities Championships 2017. Is this your first time at an EUSA event?
It was great, the place was lovely, too. Our team achieved a huge success managing to finish second, making the experience even greater. This was my second time being at an EUSA event after having competed at another European Universities Bridge Championships in Lodz, Poland, two years ago. And I hope there are many more to come.
"If you have not been to such an event yet...you
do not know what you have been missing."
In 2018 the European Universities Games 2018 will take place in Coimbra, Portugal, do you hope to be there? Why do you think university sport events are important?
I would hate to miss any EUSA bridge competition, it is always such a great experience. As for the importance, I think it is good for the athletes to compete at international level as often as possible, and meet some new friends, too! For some of them it can also be a unique chance to qualify for such event, as the competition at university level might not be as tough as at the national level.
This is your chance! What is your message to European students like yourself?
If you have not been to such an event yet, you should try your best to do so. You do not know what you have been missing.
EUSA would like to thank Jakub and the rest of the team for participanting at the European Universities Championships this year, we hope to see you again in Budapest in 2019!