Britta Heidemann, you are a fencing Olympic and World champion. In 2018 you officially ended your sporting career. Does this departure make you feel a bit nostalgic or are you more excited about your new tasks?
Britta Heidemann: I had a wonderful and very successful career as an athlete, and I like to look back on it. But at some point in time the period of active competitive sport is over. In my opinion, I have found a good transition and I am happy that I have so many exciting new tasks as an author, speaker and consultant that I enjoy greatly. I can contribute all my experience here.
On 22 June 2019 you will give a lecture at our OPEN DAY. What do you already know about Kühne Logistics University (KLU) and why do you visit the KLU?
Britta Heidemann: I don´t know KLU too well yet, but I am very curious and look forward to learning more about it. What convinced me in any case was that KLU supports top athletes with scholarships. As a former competitive athlete, I know how such opportunities can help you to move forward. Such commitment is therefore admirable and unfortunately still far too rare in Germany. And there is something else: I have a diploma in Regional Science of East Asia and have also lived in China for a while. The country simply fascinates me. That's why I think the KLU study program in cooperation with the Chinese Tongji University in Shanghai is particularly exciting.
In your lecture, you draw parallels between competitive sports and professional careers while talking about your career. Can you give us a small sample?
Britta Heidemann: Of course I don't want to reveal too much yet. But I can already foreshadow one thing. Amongst others my talk is about proper preparation and mental strength. These two things are essential for success - both as a competitive athlete and as a management executive. You learn to play on these strengths in sports and can transfer them excellently to your professional career. There will be more on this on 22 June in my presentation at KLU. Come by everyone! Till then!