Internship for the MSc in Sport Business Management

6-month internship for the MSc in Sport Business Management

The 2013/14 academic year concluded on Saturday June 21, 2014 with a wonderful and sparkling Graduation Ceremony. Students of the 2014 Master of Science in Sport Business Management and Master of Arts in Sustainable Peace through Sport Classes had performed brilliantly inside and outside the classroom.

Likewise, Mr. Louis Thiers, a member of the 2015 Master of Science in Sport Business Management Class, has already delivered outstanding performance just over the 10-month period since he joined the program in September 2013. Thanks to his efforts and dedication, he has secured a 6-month internship at the London offices of one the most renowned participants of the Formula 1 industry, Lotus.

But behind a charming and sleek appearance, Louis, a Belgian national, is a formidable and hard-working competitor. Being a semi-professional triathlete, Louis needs to daily fulfill a demanding agenda split between swimming, cycling and running. Indeed, preparation for such a demanding competition requires participants to train all-year long and balance efficiently practice sessions because all three events have specific physiologic and metabolic effects on the body.

On June 21st, Louis participated to the Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg, which counts as part of the Ironman 70.3 world championships. Louis swam the 1.9 km distance in less than 29 min (an incredible pace of 1min30 per 100 m), covered the 90 km cycling distance in 2 hours and 30 min (equivalent to an average of 35.9 km/h) and ran the half marathon in 1 hour and 27 min. Louis finished 7th in his category and overall 106 (out of 1,722 participants).

These dazzling numbers, however, do not say everything about Louis. At school, Louis is known for being not only a gentleman and soft-spoken classmate but also a committed student. Nearly a straight-A student (with Honors standing), Louis cultivates a deep interest for the sports marketing and communications industry. Besides his passion for the cycling sector, Louis is interested by the motorsport industry.


Before leaving for Brussels, we met with Louis who kindly answered our questions:

MLL: What is your best memory from a race?

LT: Winning is always a great memory but I’m really enjoying the one to one battles in the run. The moment when you can run away from your opponent, you get into a zone that gives an amazing feeling

MLL: Do you have any ritual before a race?

LT: One hour before I start I always listen to the song “Faster Than Lightning” feat. Usain Bolt – DJ Steve Porter Remix

MLL: Can you tell us more about your coach?

LT: Stijn Demeulemeester helped me a lot in planning my studies and training in a seminal way. He is Vice-champion European Championship Long Distance Triathlon and first age-grouper World Championship IronMan HAWAII

MLL: Do you have a role model?

LT: Marc Herremans because of his triathlon results and great perseverance after his terrible accident on training. “Every setback is an opportunity to fight back…” is his motivational quote. (

MLL: What is your favorite meal before a race?

LT: Spelt spaghetti with tomatoes and tuna. I always try to find a good balance in my meals between carbohydrates and proteins. Spelt pasta is high in fibre, has a higher content of protein and vitamins than wheat pasta

This exchange with Louis not only confirmed his passion for triathlon but also the humility with which he tackles life challenges.

We would like to thank Louis for his positive attitude and energy displayed at the university since he joined the MSc in Sport Business Management program and wish him a great and enriching learning internship experience at Lotus.


Reporting from Monaco, Professor Moïse LOUISY-LOUIS, Coordinator of the MSc in Sport Business Management Program


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