Juggling takes practice.
It’s the first trade day at the IAA 2015 and the Mercedes-Benz Hall is packed with excitement. Between the hustle and bustle, we had a chance to speak with Sebastian Magenheim — wheelchair basketball star and brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz ex-factory driving aids. We’ll be sharing some highlights from our conversation and find out how he strikes a balance between professional sport and studies.
Above all, the 27-year-old athlete and aspiring master’s student has one thing locked down: discipline. If you’re in need of inspiration, you’ll find it when you hear what a typical day looks like for him. The alarm clock goes off around 5 or 6 a.m., followed by a 45-minute training session. Then it’s off to college, followed by a few odd chores until the evening when again another training session starts. Juggling both university and a professional career in sports requires self-control and organization, especially when trying to make time for friends and family.
As a wheelchair basketball player in the premiere German National League and as a member of the national team, Magenheim has already achieved great success — both at the 2012 Paralympics in London and at the European Championships just a few weeks ago where he took home the bronze. But even on a national level, he and his team have always been — especially in recent years — in the playoffs for the German championship.
With so many competitive successes, the challenge of balancing sport with his studies and future career is ever-present. One thing’s for sure though: his studies and university degree are of utmost importance. Although his athletic career is noteworthy, he stressed that focusing only on sports is not enough to secure a good livelihood into the future. Now, after the successful completion of his undergraduate studies, he is beginning a master's degree in business psychology. His hope is for a smooth transition from professional sports into working life.