As coach of the Swiss national ice hockey team, you jet around the world. The annual World Championships, then the Olympic Games in 2022... Is there time for your family?
I have more intense phases and quieter ones. That is part of my job. I love this variety. That also includes the Junior World Championships, which always take place in December and January. For me, that means I can't be at home at Christmas. Of course it's sad, but that's part of my job. As an athlete, you have fixed appointments that you can't postpone. But you also have a lot of free time during the day, where I can enjoy my family.
So the compatibility of work and family is also an issue for a professional athlete or coach?
Yes, quite clearly. It is a topic that concerns everyone. And a topic on which we - especially here in Switzerland - still have a lot of work to do.
What do you mean?
The regulations around parental leave or even maternity leave are completely antiquated. When a new life comes into your life, so much goes on. Be it emotionally or organisationally. It's an experience you go through as a family. If the husband has to go back to work after a few days, back to his daily routine, then something is wrong. It is terrible. And it's not fair. Mother and child need support, the father needs time with his family.