Last June, Stelios Daskalakis was elected as Vice-President of the ISF. On the occasion of his Visit in Versailles, Stelios answered some questions asked by Allison, UNSS Communication Team.
Allison: Good morning Stelios, thank you for taking some time for an interview
Stelios: Thank you, it is my pleasure
Allison: As Vice-president of the ISF, was is your role?
Stelios: there are a lot of things that can be done by the Vice-president. I am taking part of the Management Committee, collaborating with all the ISF members, TC Presidents, EC members, etc. Being present and active to make the policy of ISF respected and going further for all projects we are working on. It is a productive and interesting position.
Allison: Today is the official visit, 6 months before the event, what is exactly your mission?
Stelios: As it is an event under the aegis of ISF, I have to check and observe whether the whole event is organized properly. My goal is to see how far the organization is set and I help them for all the matters that are unclear or causing issues.
Allison: Versailles was designated to organize the ISF Triathlon. It proves that the UNSS is highly efficient. What image do you have of the UNSS?
Stelios: UNSS is on the top level among the school sport organizations. They are very good organizers on national and international events. In general, UNSS makes us feel confident about the organization of the event. With what I have already seen so far, I can confirm that Versailles Triathlon will be a great event.
Allison: It is known that you are very active in school sport, what is your next ISF mission after Versailles?
Stelios: the management committee scheduled tomorrow (Friday, 28th) but it is part of the routine of my position. The next one takes place in Doha for the ISF Convention. We will move towards the future of the ISF with proposing a long term vision. We have a lot of work to do to organize it. Moreover, as delegate of ISF of the 2016 Cross-Country in Budapest, Hungary, I will have to do the primarily visit soon. It is a busy winter and spring because after come all the ISF events.
Allison: Last question, how would you define the school sport today?
Stelios: I will be honest with you, I believe that school sport today needs a strong impulse towards the future but we are creating the environment to make a real definition of the meaning of school sport. In school sport, there are not professional but top level athletes, they are not affected with commercialization but we prepare for the future. So what we do, we prepare the young athletes to be top level athletes with our values, meaning education through sport and not focusing only on competition but as well, the well-being and the improvement of their skills.