Football player Katarina Naumanen is Aalto Athlete of 2018
Aalto University Student Union (AYY) is presenting Business School student and football player Katarina Naumanen with the award of Aalto Athlete of 2018.
Naumanen plays football for the women’s league team of Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi (HJK), which is one the most successful teams in Finnish football history. Naumanen plays defence, and additionally coaches the girls’ team of HJK.
Naumanen is also in Finland’s national women’s football team. She played her first international match in February 2014 and, by the end of 2018, she has played a total of 16 international matches.
Naumanen graduated last spring from Aalto University’s Bachelor’s programme in Economics and Business Administration and is presently continuing her master’s level studies.
The AYY Board chooses the Aalto Athlete of the year based on the suggestions made by members of the Student Union. In addition to sports achievements, the selection criteria emphasise academic performance and fair and honest participation in the student community’s activities.
Fellow students gave the following reasons for selecting Naumanen:
“Katarina Naumanen has a phenomenal ability to combine elite sport and studying and to succeed in both sectors. In addition to studying and sports, Katarina has managed to make space in her calendar for taking part in student associations’ activities, too. Kata has been an active member of Nordiska Ekonomie Studerandes Union (NESU) which promotes the collaboration of Nordic economy students, the sports tutoring association EnerKY and the Women of Aalto association. In these associations’ activities, Kata’s sunny and encouraging personality cheers up everyone around her. You rarely hear her moan about anything."
"Those who know Kata say she is always ready to participate and to help, whether it is about organising events or completing course assignments.”
Aalto Athlete of the year is an award presented yearly by Aalto University Student Union. The award is presented to an Aalto student who has gained sporting success at national or international level, is successful in their studies, and is fair and honest in their participation in the student community’s activities.
The winner was announced at the Aalto 10km/5km running event on Sunday 16 September 2018. Naumanen was not able to attend the event herself but will receive the award from the Student Union at a later point in time.
Board member of Aalto University Student Union
Source: AYY press release 16 September 2018