As part of the event, the elobau apprentices had the opportunity to experience the athlete from Erfurt up close and to exchange ideas with him for one day. Julian Wagner came to Leutkirch for the event, just a few days after he had finished vice-champion at the German Championships in Kassel. The day started with a technical challenge in the morning. In the apprentice workshop, the professional athlete – who successfully completed an apprenticeship as a mechatronics technician after graduating from high school – worked on an intermediate examination task with the second-year apprentices. Four technical faults were to be found in one system, which was finally achieved through teamwork. Oliver Rieder, technical trainer at elobau, noted how committed Julian Wagner was to working with the apprentices at eye level: “Even though Julian’s apprenticeship took place a few years ago, you can see that he brings a lot of know-how and enthusiasm for the technology with him. We are looking forward to the opportunity to meet him personally today and to spend this special day with him.”
Exchange and running training with the professional
This technical part was followed by a Q&A session, which was moderated by Peter Aulmann, Chairman of the elobau Foundation. Julian Wagner gave insights into his life as a professional athlete and talked about the double burden during his apprenticeship, which he successfully completed parallel to the time-consuming training routine as a professional athlete. He also gave the elobau apprentices tips on how to deal with stress and exam situations: “Sport has often helped me at school and apprenticeships to persevere even in stressful times and to prepare for exams in a targeted manner,” he explained. When asked about the time after his sporting career, Wagner emphasized that, despite his apprenticeship, he does not see his future in industry, but in sports: “I want to do professional sports as long as I don’t run after,” he said with a twinkle in his eye, adding that he can well imagine working as a coach one day.
Finally, a running training session took place in the Leutkirch stadium, which the town had kindly provided. Despite the heat, the apprentices took part with a lot of perseverance and motivation. Julian Wagner demonstrated how to warm up properly and encouraged the participants to take part in a 20-meter sprint, where they could learn the correct running technique from the professional. The trainees showed full commitment and it became clear that Julian Wagner left a lasting impression not only as an exceptional sporting talent, but also as a person and made this day an unforgettable experience for everyone involved with his likeable, authentic appearance.
The foundation company elobau is a globally active manufacturer of non-contact sensor technology, level measurement and operating elements for mechanical and plant engineering as well as mobile working machines. Headquartered in Leutkirch in the Allgäu region and with around 1,200 employees worldwide, the company has made it its mission to offer sustainable solutions.
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