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27-year-old Evgenia Tetelbaum is a former Olympic athlete (Rio 2016) in synchronized swimming, originally from Ukraine, but has been living in Israel for the past 9 years. She is also an ISF intern / Sport Officer, and an Erasmus Mundus Masters student in the field of Sports Ethics and Integrity (MAiSI).
Evgenia believes experiences gained through work for ISF will further benefit her sport career development.
Besides being a professional athlete, her experiences also include working as a swim coach, providing students with high quality lessons on swimming, skills and water confidence, and as a sport manager at Maccabiah Games 2013 in Israel.
Meet Evgenia better through the following interview:
I started my career in sport at the age of 5 with rhythmic gymnastics and I did it for 4 years. In 2001 there was a European Junior championship in my city (Kharkov). I was 12, and it was the first time that I saw the competition in synchronized swimming, and simply fell in love with it.
My history of success in synchronized swimming is directly related to multiple years of training and my ability to lead. I have served as a participant in a number of World and European Championships and other events (Cups). I have also been a reserve at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and participated at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.
The main challenge for me as a school athlete was to find a balance between school and sport. When I started synchronized swimming I had two training sessions per day and it was a little time left for education. However, sport makes you stronger not only physically but also helps to build your character.
Sport helped me to discipline myself and I understood that if I want anything to be done well I have to do my best and then to add bit more. If I had to miss some classes at school because of the training or competition I studied by myself and my family also helped me in it. Therefore, I graduated from school with honors.
Movement is life and education is a part of it. These are two inseparable things. Pierre de Coubertin said - education through sport- as he saw sport and physical activity as an essential part of the harmonious development of a human being. School is the best place for the start of such development.
For me, the benefits of the School Sport were helping me build up my character, dedication to the healthy lifestyle, opportunity for the development through the whole life, etc. In short - it gave me a “first class ticket” to my future life.
The article was first published in ISF magazine (OCT - DEC).
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