Njegoš Mihajlović, athlete leader and Special Olympics medallist has become the first person with intellectual disabilities to enroll in a University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The 19-year-old athlete and skier has been accepted into the Faculty of Sports of Pan-European University Apeiron in Banja Luka, where he hopes to learn about Sports Science in order to become a professional trainer and transfer his knowledge to people with and without disabilities.
Njegoš – who competes in skiing, running and long jump with Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina – has competed internationally on numerous occasions, including at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, 2017 and Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, at which he won a bronze medal in the 400m race. In Abu Dhabi, he also participated in the Global Youth Leadership Summit, which no doubt cemented his commitment to spreading the message of inclusion and leading by example.
Njegoš has been awarded a one-year scholarship for the four-year Sports Science program, which gives him the chance to prove that people with intellectual disabilities have the talent and strength to overcome obstacles and fulfill their dreams.