Three personalities inducted into the Hall of Fame of the President of the Pilsen Region

24. October 2022 17:43, aktualizováno 17:54, Mgr. Milada Soukupová

The Hall of Fame of the President of the Pilsen Region has grown by further three personalities from sport, science and culture. The 12th year of the traditional event took place at the Měšťanská beseda in Pilsen on Wednesday, 12 October 2022, after two years of enforced pause. The forty current personalities were joined by tennis player Barbora Strýcová, actress Jana Kubátová and physician Jindřich Fínek.
All the personalities inducted into the Hall of Fame of the President of the Pilsen Region are fully connected with the Pilsen Region; they were born here and they exceed its borders not only by their work, professionalism, but also by their moral and human qualities.
"It is an honour for me to continue the tradition of previous Presidents of the Pilsen Region and extend the number of personalities in the Hall of Fame. By honouring a successful tennis player, actress and renowned physician, we will be reminded that it pays to do your job honestly, to devote time and energy to it, to be persistent and not to be discouraged by minor setbacks or adversity. These are people whose lives are an example for all of us," says President Rudolf Špoták.

 from the left:  Barbora Strýcová, President of the Pilsen Region Rudolf Špoták, Jana Kubátová and, on behalf of Mr. Jindřich Fínek, his wife

Barbora Strýcová (28 March 1986, Pilsen)

Barbora Strýcová achieved great success in the junior category, winning the Junior Australian Open twice in a row in 2002 and 2003. At the end of the 2002 season, she was declared Junior World Champion, when she was ranked No. 1 in the junior rankings. Two years later, she represented the Czech Republic at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. At the 2010 Australian Open, she played the longest match in the history of women’s singles at that tournament, taking four hours and nineteen minutes to win her eighth match. She won the Fed Cup team competition five times (2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018), and a bronze medal in the women’s doubles at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. On the WTA Tour, Barbora Strýcová has won thirty-one tournaments in doubles and two in singles. In singles at the highest Grand Slam level, the furthest she has gone was to the semi-finals at Wimbledon 2019. At 33, she became the oldest singles debutant at this stage of a Grand Slam. That same year, she also won the Czech tennis poll, the Golden Canary. She was the highest-ranked singles player in the WTA rankings in January 2017 at No. 16 and was the world No. 1 in doubles in 2019-2020. 

Barbora Strýcová has won a total of 25 titles from forty-two final matches. She ended her career as the world number two doubles player in May 2021 due to her pregnancy. During the coronavirus pandemic, she started her own talk show “U Baru” on Instagram, where she interviews guests only via the internet. She is interested in fashion and would like to design her own clothing collection one day.

Jana Kubátová (27 February 1962, Prague)

Jana Kubátová belongs to the group of actresses who can play both comedic and tragic roles with ease. In neither case does the viewer have the slightest doubt to believe her acting. Examples of such diverse roles are the goofy Gronya in the comedy The Lying Kind, the evil and domineering Mattie Fae Aiken in August: Osage Country, the unbalanced careerist Angelika in Push Up or Maureen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane. The role of a spinster hoping for the love of her life won her a nomination for Thalia Award.

After studying at the Prague Conservatory, Jana Kubátová joined the operetta company of the J. K. Tyl Theatre, where she performed over twenty distinctive roles. She has also performed in club productions, for example in Emil František Burian’s “Pojďte, lidi, do divadla” (Come, People, to the Theatre), or in the performance of chansons and musical melodies “Ztráty a nálezy” (Lost and Found). For the DJKT Club she directed the musical comedy “Stalo se v dešti” (It Happened in the Rain). After the success of the 1986 production of “Lidožroutka” (Cannibal Woman), in which she first worked with the drama, she joined this actors’ company. Here she fully exercises her comedic talent, her courage for self-irony and her sense of tragicomic undertones.

Recently, she can be seen as Lady Frola in the production of Right You Are (if you think so), or in the family drama Rabbit Hole. She has also played a number of supporting roles. Jana Kubátová has also created several film and television roles. Her Olina in the TV serial “Zkoušky z dospělosti” (Maturity Exams) is unforgettable. She has also worked at the J. K. Tyl Theatre as an assistant director and still cooperates with Czech Radio. Jana Kubátová loves freedom, wisdom, her son and her animals.

prof. MUDr. Jindřich Fínek, Ph.D. MHA (3 October 1957, Pilsen)

After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine at Charles University in Pilsen in 1983, Jindřich Fínek joined the Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology at the Pilsen University Hospital, where he has been working ever since. He passed the first level attestation in radiotherapy in 1986, the second level in 1989, and the clinical oncology attestation in 1992. In December 1995 he was appointed Head of the Department and a year later he started working at the Faculty of Medicine of Charles University in Pilsen.

In November 2002 he defended his dissertation on Biological Activity of Tumours and in May 2003 he was awarded a Ph.D. in internal medicine. In May 2005, he delivered a habilitation lecture on Adjuvant Hormonal Treatment and Monitoring of Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Patients before the Scientific Council of the 1st Faculty of Medicine of Charles University in Prague and was subsequently appointed Associate Professor of Oncology.

In 2012, he passed the appointment procedure at the 1st Faculty of Medicine of Charles University in Prague and was appointed Professor of Cancer Medicine by the President of the Republic. In the same year he completed his postgraduate studies at the Advance Institute Prague - Master of Healthcare Administration.

In the same year, Jindřich Fínek founded the Oncology and Radiotherapy Clinic of the University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen and became its head. In 2017, the Academic Senate elected him Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Charles University in Pilsen. He is serving his second term in this position. He is also a founding member of the Association of Deans of Medical Faculties of the Czech Republic.
Jindřich Fínek is married and has a daughter. His hobbies include literature, travelling, hunting and cycling.