ESNOLYMPICS is the national project of ESN Poland allowing foreign students from the whole Poland to take part in sport competitions almost like Olympic Games. During the eliminations in different Polish cities, we select teams, who will meet in Warsaw to compete for the best of the best title.
The beginning of this project is based on many local sport initiatives, but the first big intercollegiate competition took place in 2009 in Warsaw as a part of celebration of XX anniversary of Erasmus Student Network. The main idea of the sport games was very popular, both among glad participants and enthusiastic organizers. Foreign students coming to Poland were practicing hard and pushed us to organize the next editions. As the result – in May 2011, representatives of 11 Polish cities competed to gain the champion’s cup.
IV Final of ESNOLYMPICS is already behind us!
The fourth final took place on the grounds of WULS on 17 May 2014. The participants were Erasmus exchange students from Lithuania, Portugal and Poland, who won regional qualifications in Warsaw, Łódź, Białystok, Wrocław, Lublin, Kraków, Poznań, Szczecin, and Vilinus Uniwesity of Technology and Porto. Contestants competed in 3 disciplines: futsal, volleyball and relay and individual swimming. Ech 10 people team had to have at least two women.Accommodation in one hostel made international integration easier.
The official opening ceremony started at 11 am and was conducted by Marek Sokołowski, the President of ESN Poland Association and prof. Bogdan Klepacki, Vice-Rector of WULS. Then the competition started. After summary of results from each discipline four teams qualified to futsal semifinals, from the first group Portugal and Lithuania, from the second WULS and AON. Portugal defeated AON and WULS defeated team from Lithuania. Lithuania won the bronze medal after exciting match with AON. After 9 pm it was the time for long expected final match. Despite the effords of the host team from WULS, kings from Porto won the match and all ESNOLYMPICS final.
The Board of ESN Poland Association awarded the participants with medals and attractive prizes, who celebrated it with champagne. After the final, tired but happy contestants continued celebration on the official afterparty in 1500m2 club.
We would like to thank all the partners and sponsors: Fundacja Rozwoju Systemu Edukacji, Ministerstwo Sportu i Turystyki, Zakochaj się w Warszawie, Ajinomoto, Beer Fingers, Red Bull, Jeronimo Martins Poland, Perspektywy ESNOLYMPICS Portugal, ESN Vilnius University, Administracja Obiektów Sportowych SGGW, Samorząd Studentów SGGW and AZS SGGW, but first of all we would like to thank all the contestants, volunteers and coordinators.
Hope to see you on the V final of ESNOLYMPICS next year!