Passion, Spirit, Challenge. It’s all About Sports
Classes, deadlines, presentations, finals. Sometimes it could be hard to find motivation at the end of the semester. But AUBG Olympics offered AUBG students the opportunity to blow off some steam and ignite the fire within right before finals week. The challenging Wednesdays that the AUBG Olympics crew organized started on Nov. 24 and finished on Dec. 7 and attracted many of the AUBG students who were looking for a way to hype up and lift their spirits.
Sports are not about being bigger, stronger or faster, AUBG Olympics crew explained. They are a way of finding something that you did not realize you have within, being proud of yourself for achieving something and most importantly having fun along the way.
“The spirit inside is the most important thing. Sports are fun even if you are not good. The AUBG Olympics crew always encourages people to participate even if they do not feel confident in their skills,” shared Iris Alla, a second-year student in AUBG. “Just participate for fun because all the challenges are really great.”
Even more interesting is that AUBG sports events attract many people outside of the university. One of the teams that took part in the Volleyball Challenge was comprised of high school students from Blagoevgrad, who won second place in volleyball. Besides them, the Olympics events also engaged students from South-West University “Neofit Rilski” (SWU).
One SWU student, Stavri Stavrev, shared that he likes the atmosphere, the tremendous sports spirit and the great music that accompany all Olympics events. As to what brought him to the ABF Sports Hall at the Dodgeball Challenge, Stavrev said “Sports are my hobby, passion, and future. So I am looking for sports everywhere. We came to play!”
Alla, who took part in the Dodgeball Challenge, also shared her enthusiasm for sports, explaining that the sports culture in the university is one of the main reasons why she came to AUBG.
“Before coming here I asked many questions about the sports on campus. This is one of the reasons why I came to AUBG,” said Alla. “I knew that people on campus really encourage participation in sports such as Olympics Club[AUBG Olympics] and there are also a lot of students initiatives such as football and volleyball. I really love it. The atmosphere and what students create here is a really nice sports environment.”
As every year, AUBG Olympics team tried to offer a different challenge to the AUBG community. In addition to some of the traditional sports competitions that attract the AUBG community such as volleyball and dodgeball, the Olympics crew included a new sport to their list – bowling.
Veselin Tatarov, the Head of Challenge Organizers, shared that Olympics tries to introduce something new every year. Besides the traditional sports that they organize, they have also presented billiard and table tennis in the past. This year’s new addition is the Bowling Challenge which “is something that the AUBG students liked,” according to the AUBG Olympics President Martin Inkyov.
“The Volleyball and Dodgeball Challenges were our safe choices because we know from our past experience with such events that there are many people in AUBG interested in playing volleyball and dodgeball,” said Inkyov. “We knew that they are a good idea. The event happening in the middle of the three Challenging Wednesday’s week was supposed to be new and innovative.”
Inkyov explained that every time the club includes a new event in its list, the organizers are worried whether or not the event is going to be successful. Only eight people signed in for the bowling challenge through the online form, leaving the Olympics crew anxious about the success of the event.
“The event was supposed to start at 7:30 p.m. But at 7:45 p.m. we still did not have any people at the bowling place. And suddenly around 7:45 p.m. more than 40 people came and in the end around 35 participated in the challenge,” said Inkyov.
AUBG Olympics once again demonstrated that the sports spirit in AUBG does not fade even when finals are approaching. Despite their busy schedules the AUBG community continues to challenge itself by participating in the events that the AUBG Olympics crew organizes.
The Olympics club has already planned some interesting events for next semester, shared the club’s president.
“We have decided on two of the challenges. We will use something that will attack students. And we might add another workshop like the self-defense workshop that we had this semester,” said Inkyov.
Winner of the Volleyball Challenge is the team of Anton Benin, Plamen Kostov, Ivan Hristov, Miroslav Kolev, Mario Grachenov and Stavri Stavrov.
The Bowling Challenge winner is Georgi Dobrev.
The Dodgeball Challenge winners are Georgi Tsonkov, Denitsa Dimitrova, Philip Mishev, Mario Grachenov and Georgi Georgiev.