Director General for Sport at the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, as well as a member of the Commission for Women’s Sport, the Commission for Gender Equality at the Olympic Committee of Slovenia – Association of Sports Federations.
Why did you decide to accept the role of Ambassador of the Women’s EHF EURO 2022?
Mainly due to the desire to co-create a great sporting event for female athletes, which will also have an impact on society’s perception of women’s sport in our country. In Slovenia, major international events were organized in team sports, mostly only for men (volleyball, basketball, handball, football). Women’s EHF Euro 2022 seems to be a great opportunity to make women’s voices heard. And not only ambassadors but also female athletes.
Why is it worth fighting for a greater role of women in society?
In answering, I will describe only one segment of society, and that is sports. Women’s involvement in sports has increased significantly since the late 1970s. This is the result of new opportunities, women’s movements, as well as increased promotion of female athletes. Despite these trends, gender equality is far from being achieved. In fact, there are reasons to be cautious when we expect more change in the future. These reasons include the privatization of sport, the trivialization of women’s sport, and the existence of homophobia. It is true that today more women than ever before play sports and work in sports organizations, but gender inequalities still exist, as evidenced by fewer jobs for women in coaching and leadership positions in sport…
How important is the concept of sustainable development in your everyday life?
I see it primarily in the light of progress, which does not mean a one-time act, but actions that will change our lives for the better and become part of our daily lives in the future.
What do you think are the main parallels between sports and business?
In both sports and business, it is necessary to carefully plan performance, learn from the best, strive for perfection, act fair, recognize competition and focus on improvements.
What is your attitude towards sports and especially handball?
I have been working in sports all my life, I was once a handball player myself, so I know very well how much effort and sacrifice top sports results require. I am a loyal supporter of Slovenian athletes, I enjoy good action.
Which of the ambassadors do you know best and which do you appreciate?
Each of the ambassadors has her own story, which is admirable. I am happy for their company. I don’t know them all personally yet, but I am sure that by the end of the championship we will have forged new ties and managed to inspire not only ourselves but also other women and young girls.
Where will Slovenia place at the EHF Euro 2022?
Highest up to now.