Place of Birth: Ljubuski, Bosnia and Herzegovina
University: University of Zagreb (CRO)
Sport: Karate Published 26 November 2019
How and why did you get involved in Karate?
Just like many athletes, I followed my brother’s steps. Eventually he chose another path while I continued training in the dojo and Karate became an essential part of my life.
What do you study, and how do you balance your study, training and competition?
I study at the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences in Zagreb. It is often repeated, but I agree that organisation is the key. To be a good student and successful at sport, you must give up some social and free time. Better said, you should invest it in the right direction, and then moments of joy will come at events, just like it did for me in Zagreb. I also want to thank my professors for being very understanding to young sportspeople.
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?
The European Universities Combat Championships 2019, held in my residence country Croatia, was definitely an unforgettable experience. It was the first time I participated at a EUSA event. The unique and friendly atmosphere, the huge amount of positive energy, well-balanced friendships and respect are reasons why every student should experience the EUSA sports spirit. I can say that I enjoyed this amazing atmosphere the most.
Why do you think taking part in university sport is important?
Participating in university sport provides an amazing opportunity for meeting new people sharing the same interests. The EUSA Championships are not only about competitions, but different aspects on a whole different level – friendship, knowledge and a healthy way of life, all united.
“The unique and friendly atmosphere, the huge amount of positive energy, well-balanced friendships and respect are reasons why every student should experience the EUSA sports spirit.”
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?
After having amazing time in Zagreb, the European University Games in Belgrade have become part of my calendar for next summer. I’m hoping to participate and hopefully stand on the podium once again next year.
What is your favourite university sport moment?
The amazing support from the audience and the cheering I heard after my final match will stay in my memories forever. It’s my favourite moment.
What is your message to European student-athletes like yourself?
My message to European student-athletes is to continue balancing both careers. It is sometimes hard, but knowledge and health are true values for young people.
And of course, come to Belgrade next year to become part of the EUSA family.
EUSA would like to congratulate Jelena for her success at the 2019 European Universities Championships, and we hope to see her next year at the European Universities Games 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia!