World champion at the workbench

Juggling training and a career

Daniel Wisgott is one of a number of successful young sports stars whose talent is being nurtured by the sports foundation Sportstiftung NRW. In parallel to his sporting career as a rower, the 23-year-old is studying Electrical Engineering at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He is currently undertaking his basic work experience at MAN Diesel & Turbo in Oberhausen.

In spite of his young age, Daniel Wisgott has already achieved a lot: after winning an U23 world rowing champion’s title in 2009, last year he won the world championship in the open class with the lightweight eights. The title defence is scheduled for this September.

In contrast to other top sportsmen such as footballers, however, it’s not possible to make a living purely as a rower. Sporting success here doesn’t guarantee a comfortable income in the long term. To make sure he is prepared for when his rowing days are over, Wisgott is pursuing his studies in parallel. These call for a period of work experience that he is now getting in Oberhausen.

“Oberhausen meets the Olympics”

“Last year, the Sportstiftung NRW and MAN Diesel & Turbo organised an event at the Oberhausen plant. The primary aim was to initiate contact between the company and top athletes like ourselves. Successfully, as can be seen,” says Wisgott happily. He has been working as a work experience student in the “Instruments & Controls” department since April.

Ralf Wilms, head of Central Recruiting, stresses: “For us as an employer, top athletes of proven ability naturally bring good prerequisites with them. Last year’s event can be regarded as a success for both sides, therefore,” says Wilms. “We’re pleased that Daniel Wisgott decided to choose MAN Diesel & Turbo for his work experience. In the second half of the year we will also be welcoming another top sportsman from the Sportstiftung NRW who will be getting his work experience with us.”

A demanding twin career

Not only does a so-called twin career make high demands on Daniel Wisgott; efficient time planning is also crucial for the sportsman. Wisgott undertakes between nine and twelve training sessions a week, each lasting roughly 1.5 to 2 hours. Training takes place in the evenings and at weekends around his full-time work experience, and leisure time tends to be an exception for the blonde athlete with his round of tough training sessions. Wisgott: “The success compensates for the time invested, but you can’t let yourself be dazzled by it. By studying I am creating a mainstay for myself for when my career as an athlete is over. Work experience at MAN Diesel & Turbo has not harmed my prospects in this regard at any rate,” says the 23-year-old impishly.