Former handball player, today a successful bowler, as well as a lawyer, partner, and director of the law firm Pirc Musar & Lemut Strle.
Why did you decide to accept the role of Ambassador of the Women’s EHF EURO 2022?
Handball is a sport that I trained in my youth and it is still close to my heart. In any case, I would watch the European Championship from the first to the last match, just like the other handball competitions. That I can also be an ambassador of this great event is an honor that I gladly accepted. The idea that Women’s EHF Euro 2022 should have its ambassadors also seems important to me because of the state of society: women compete in many sports, and we are significantly under-represented in positions in sports organizations. As the Secretary General of the European Bowling Federation and the Chair of the EBF Gender Equality Commission and a member of the OKS-ZŠZ Gender Equality Commission, I am doing my best to achieve greater equality for women in sport. I believe that the ambassadors of the upcoming handball competition will also contribute to this goal.
Why is it worth fighting for a greater role for women in society?
A society that neglects half of its talent limits its own development. We women do not need advantage, let alone dominance – only equality.
How important is the concept of sustainable development in your everyday life?
I am glad that the awareness has finally come to our consciousness that in order to preserve the environment, it is necessary to move from words to actions. A good indicator was the outstanding response, especially from young people to the referendum about water last year. The clean water we have in Slovenia is a treasure that we must preserve. Everyone must do in their daily lives what is in their power. In our office and at home, we make sure that we do not use bottles, but tap water. These are small things, and if there are many of us, they add up to important actions.
What do you think are the main parallels between sports and business?
First of all, sport is business too! Even a very important industry in which a lot of money revolves, especially since when the Olympic Games are also attended by professional athletes. The organization of sports events, where we are always very successful in Slovenia, is also a big business, which includes hotels, catering, transport, not to mention advertising. But the most important parallel is: if you want to be good at business or sports, you have to dedicate yourself to it.
What is your attitude towards sports and especially handball?
I faithfully follow many sports, and above all all the big events. At the Olympic Games, World and European Championships, I also watch sports that are not so close to me. Of course I often find them extremely interesting and we have top competitors in some of those disciplines. Last year, Janja Garnbret certainly inspired us to watch sport climbing. As a former competitor, handball has a special place for me. I rarely miss a game.
Which of the ambassadors do you know best and which do you appreciate?
I know the coordinator, Dr. Marta Bon, with whom we also played handball together years ago. Today we are participating in the Commission for Gender Equality of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia, chaired by Marta. The selected ambassadors seem to me to be a great female company, in which I have known and appreciated many for a long time, for example Alja Brglez, Ajša Vodnik and Maja Zalaznik. I am especially pleased that women who have established themselves in the business world are also well represented.
Where will Slovenia place in the EHF Euro 2022?
The goal must be high, the highest, so I will say: “Let’s go for gold!”