Eurowings lets dreams soar
Germany's largest holiday airline makes a heartfelt wish come true for young gymnastics talents: flights to participate in a top international competition in Dubai
Eurowings and Magdalena Brzeska, Olympic star and 26-time German rhythmic gymnastics champion, have fulfilled a special dream for young people from Ukraine, Poland, Bulgaria and Germany just before Christmas: flight tickets to take part in a top international competition in Dubai.
Without the commitment of Eurowings, the Dubai trip would not have been financially feasible for the ambitious gymnastics team. Germany's largest holiday airline supported the project with direct flights from Stuttgart to Dubai so that the athletes could compete internationally with the best in their field this weekend.
It was not only an athletic highlight in the lives of the gymnastics talents: some of the girls come from Ukraine and had to leave everything behind when they escaped the war. They have found a new home in Magdalena Brzeska's team and train with great passion and strong will. But in order to take the next step, the girls need to compete on the big international stage. Magdalena Brzeska: "With this campaign, we are setting an example of courage and hope for international sports and for young athletes all over the world. I am very grateful to Eurowings for supporting the team."
The young gymnastics talents have now returned to Germany: with eleven gold and eleven silver medals in their luggage, they were the most successful team at the international competition in Dubai.
Jens Bischof, CEO of Eurowings: "As an airline, we connect people and cultures – and thus also promote top-class sport. When we heard about the passion with which the girls fight for their sport, but have no chance to compete on the international stage, there was only one decision: We support this trip because it also shows our passion at Eurowings to make children's dreams come true."
"The girls are like my family. I get as much love from them as a mom," says Magdalena Brzeska. The 45-year-old was born in Poland came to Germany at the age of twelve herself with nothing but a gym bag in her hand. She won back-to-back championship titles for TSV Schmiden (Baden-Württemberg) and took part in European and World Championships. She was part of the German team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta (USA). As a regular guest on popular TV shows, she is still known to a wide audience today – including as the winner of the RTL dance show "Let's Dance".
She began developing and training young talents as a coach at an early stage. In 2006, she founded the "Magdalena Brzeska Talent School" for young gymnasts at her home club TSV Schmiden. She has been head coach and director of a rhythmic gymnastics center in Ulm since 2013.