Pole vaulter Dídac Salas and taekwondo athlete Diana Vázquez are the two elite athletes from the CAR (high performance center) in Sant Cugat chosen to study the Master in Sport Management Blended Barcelona with a scholarship from Johan Cruyff Institute
Johan Cruyff Institute will receive two high-performance athletes from the CAR Sant Cugat on the Master in Sport Management Blended Barcelona which will start next September, thanks to the collaboration agreement that links the two entities. Pole vaulter Dídac Salas and taekwondo athlete Diana Vázquez will join the 2020-21 academic year as Johan Cruyff Institute scholarship holders to expand their academic training in their transition to the sports industry job market.
Dídac Salas is a pole vaulter with more than 10 years of experience at the highest level in national and international competitions. Born in Sant Cugat on May 19, 1993, Dídac was gold medallist in the Youth Olympic Games in 2010 and since then his medal haul has increased: bronze in the European Under-20s (2011), runner-up in the Under-23 Mediterranean Games (2014), bronze in the Ibero-American Championships (2018), in addition to being champion of Spain on numerous occasions and holding the under-16 and under-20 records for Spain and the ninth best Spanish pole vault of all time.
“A few years ago, an injury marked a before and after in my sports career and that made me think very seriously about what was after the sport.” explains Dídac. “They were difficult moments of uncertainty, but thanks to the guidance I received from the SAE (support service within the athlete’s comprehensive training) I found a way.” Dídac Salas is currently in the final stage of his sports career, combining competition and work as a Personal Best personal trainer. “The Master in Sport Management blended Barcelona will allow me to continue professional training in the sports sector, this time from an entrepreneurial perspective, and acquire the necessary knowledge to carry out a personal project in the field of sport management,” explains Dídac.
Diana Vázquez resided and trained at the CAR Sant Cugat from 2007 and was a member of the Spanish taekwondo team until 2015. During that time, she was senior, junior and university champion of Spain, third in the Spanish Open (2007, 2008 and 2009), champion of the French Open (2009), champion of the Belgian Open (2008, 2009, 2011), runner-up of the German Open (2014), participated in two European Championships, occupied the first position of the senior European ranking in 2009 and obtained the bronze medal in the Student World Championships in 2014.
Now 30, Diana is retired from top-level competition due to a spinal injury that does not allow her to continue competing, but she is still linked to the world of top-level competition and now works as coach of the Catalan Taekwondo Federation and as a trainer at two taekwondo schools. In the academic field, in addition to having a diploma in physical education and a master’s degree in social development, she has new projects in mind that the Master in Sport Management Blended Barcelona will help her to achieve.
Not even during her most demanding years as an elite athlete did she abandon her desire to continue training academically. As a former student of the Sport Management Fundamentals program in 2014 and of the Sport Sponsorship MOOC in 2015, Diana is already familiar with the Johan Cruyff Institute learning model. “I have trained and gained experience in the sports world as a career advisor, coach and coordinator, but I think it is necessary to also train in the field of sport management to face future projects with the federation and a personal project,” says Diana.