Ivica Dragan Elez
Ivica Dragan Elez – fitness instructor and workshop leader
I was born in Split in 1978. Since early childhood I showed great interest in the natural world and growing plants and I have spent lots of time playing and in sports. I have been training in soccer and basketball but I have won most trophies in athletics, namely running middle and long distances. Besides that, I have trained in free climbing and boxing. I have acquired a Bachelor degree in Physical Education Teaching and during my studies I have collected wide knowledge in many sports, but my specialisation is in the field of general physical conditioning and fitness coaching. Combined interests in sport and nature have resulted in choosing activities and jobs that were also a combination of these; sport, play and nature. I have worked as a skipper on wild waters, as a parasailing instructor, fitness instructor, instructor for osteoporosis prevention for seniors, NGO(Healthy city) volunteer and employee, author and leader of the ‘Project of Afforestation’, leader of excursions and Schools in nature (ecological activities educator and sport workshops), Split Scout Association sport activities leader, strength and conditioning trainer of Vedran Đipalo; famous Croatian Olympian, multiple Croatian boxing winner and winner of bronze medal at Mediterranian Games . Currently I have been working as head coach at ‘Gymnastics club Kaštela’ and besides, as Dalmatian ecological beekeper and the president of ‘ Kaštela Association of Beekeepers ‘. I have also finished Beekeeping schooling. Besides beekeeping, I grow famous Ljubitovica garlic (the healthiest garlic in the world according to some international scientific research) as well as other vegetables and fruits according to ecological and organic principles. I have completed many courses as; ‘Beach lifeguard ‘, ‘Alpinist school’, Leadership seminars in Croatia and abroad( SAD,Romania). I have been author of the Curriculum-‘Games and sports as a means of character and self confidence building and creating a positive working and learning environment of tolerance, nonviolence and fair play’ -Every individual can express himself through unveiling his or her best abilities and qualities. It has been implemented in several Primary schools in Split and around Croatia as well as in scout associations, sport clubs and team- building seminars in Croatia and abroad.