Funke’s path from intern to leading agent
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 17:23

Funke’s path from intern to leading agent

Written by IAAF- Karl Sundström
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Stina Funke never intended to become an athlete representative. But what started out as a summer job assisting agent Daniel Wessfeldt is now her career.

“I started doing some work there by checking the fax machine,” explains the Swede, a former national-level long and triple jumper. “This was before the computer era.



“I never really planned to stay for this long, but I started to work more and more,” she adds. “And because I’m so interested in athletics, it was very interesting to see how everything worked.”

Fast forward several years and Funke is now an established agent with clients of her own. Most of her athletes are from Sweden but she also has some from Qatar, Norway and Great Britain. As is protocol, the national federation of each athlete she represents needs to approve her and give her a license to work as an agent.


Aside from the day-to-day admin work, there are also many practical responsibilities an agent has to undertake.

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Images: 2016 Olympic Games