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Students at Universidad de Santiago de Chile are competing at the Taipei 2017 Universiade

  •  The competition gathers university athletes from all over the world. Threes students at Universidad de Santiago de Chile are part of the Chilean team: Sebastián Román Aravena (table tennis); Felipe Castillo Toro (volleyball) and Nicolás Dagnino Thayer (track and field). Professor Isabel Castillo Barrera, coach of the University’s table tennis team, is part of the sports delegation too.

 

 

Chilean higher education sports teams and athletes are currently participating (August 19th-30th) at the 29th Taipei Summer 2017 Universiade. Volleyball men, basketball women, track and field, judo, swimming, taekwondo and table tennis: all these sports, which are part of the Chilean Higher Education Sports Leagues (LDES, in Spanish), have representatives of different Chilean universities competing in this event.

Three students at Universidad de Santiago de Chile are part of the national team: Sebastián Román Aravena (22), a table tennis player; Felipe Castillo Toro (25), a volleyball player, and Nicolás Dagnino Thayer (26), a track and field athlete. Professor Isabel Castillo Barrera, coach of the University’s table tennis team, is part of the sports delegation too.

Before the athletes left for China, they met with Dr Juan Manuel Zolezzi, President of Universidad de Santiago, to share their expectations about this activity, which is considered the most important multidisciplinary international competition after the Olympic Games.

During the meeting, President Zolezzi wished them success and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity of talking to them as students and renowned athletes. He said that besides representing Universidad de Santiago, being part of the Chilean team is a great achievement. 

Sebastián Román, a table tennis player and second-year student at the Personnel Management Technician program, said he was very proud and happy for representing Universidad de Santiago in this international competition. He explained that this is his second international event, as he competed in the South American University Games in Mar del Plata last year. He expressed his gratitude for the support that the University has given to him, for the special admission programs and sports scholarships. He also highlighted the professors’ willingness to help students to juggle studies and training sessions. Felipe Castillo, a volleyball player and seventh-year student at the Medicine program, and Nicolás Dagnino, a sprinter and student at the Bachelor’s Program in Physical Activity Sciences, share the same opinion.

For her part, coach Isabel Castillo agrees with the students that the University has been very supportive. She says that all athletes expect to continue with their sport career while studying. “Today, university competitions are very demanding from a technical point of view; therefore, being part of the team that will represent the country is a great achievement,” she concluded.

Translated by Marcela Contreras

Autor: 
Fernando Seymour Dobud