- Age: 27
- Nickname: Katsche
- Profession and education: police officer and student at the GSU (B.Sc. Sport and Performance)
- Sport: Decathlon
- Home team:LG Rhein-Wied
- Greatest Successes: 4th place at the Olympics in Rio in 2016 (8580 Points); Bronze medal World Championships in London 2017 (8488 Points)
- Training units per week: 10-11x, Sunday regeneration
- Next challenges: World Championships 2019 in Qatar, Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo
Kai, what made you decide to study Sport and Performance at the GSU?
Sport has always been my passion. Testing myself against the best competition has always motivated and interested me. Luckily, my current employer (police force) made it possible for me to follow a dual career in studying at the GSU.
Have you got an idea in which area you would like to work following your studies?
Yes. I would like to work as a lecturer in the police force in the area of sport and exercise. For this, a degree in sport sciences is mandatory. The GSU being the best university in sport sciences was the logical choice.
Which disciplines and areas would your work comprise?
For example: Swimming, life-saving, coordinative skills, martial arts, shooting, track and field, endurance et cetera.
All disciplines that are taught at the GSU. However, the GSU includes a scientific and research orientated component.
What are your impressions of the GSU after your first semester?
I really love it. People are extremely friendly and personable, everyone is physically active with a high-level expertise in sports.
You are surrounded by athletes with similar interest and a natural high degree of motivation.
Due to the versatility of sports you learn an awful lot of new physical skills and activities. For instance, the dance lessons were something completely new and extraordinary to me.
I am really happy to be a part of GSU.
Is it possible for you to combine your studies with high performance sport?
Yes, I had five activity classes in one day. The contents of lectures can be learned via script and my fellow students have been extremely helpful in providing learning material and information on relevant courses and classes.
What is your assessment regarding the conditions and financing of high performance sport in Germany?
I believe we have a relatively decent system in Germany.
High performance sport is supported in particular by the sport promotion scheme of the police and the army.
The quality of trainers, training camps and financing of camps national and international is very high.
Would you consider an exchange semester abroad?
I would definitely be interested to gain new experiences and gather input from other coaches worldwide. However, to leave the ideal conditions here would be difficult at this point. A scholarship might be an option, since the expenses of an exchange would have to be covered. So for now, even though it does cross my mind, my mantra is: “never change a winning team”.
Interview: Anneli Jägel
DOSB: The German Olympic Sports Confederation is the umbrella organisation of organised sport in Germany. With more than 100 member organisations comprising over 27 million individual memberships it organises over 90.000 sport clubs in Germany.
OSP: Olympic Training Centres are designed to develop, promote and secure top performances at the Olympics and other international competitions. They offer support in all areas relevant to athletes´ performances.
Federal Training Centres: The Federal Training Centres support the high-performance athletes and the respective federations and merge the efforts of the clubs, state training centres and the federations.
...a pole (pole vault) costs around 1000 Euros. Kai told us, that usually at least 5 poles are used per season.