Sports Media Austria¨Glamorous Gala in Vienna

Sports Media Austria¨Glamorous Gala in Vienna
(photo) G. Pfeistlinger (AIPS EUROPE E.C. member), G. Merlo (AIPS President), M. Kuhn (SMA President)and Erich Laaser (VDS President) during the glamorous Gala of the Austrian Association for the annual Sports Awards Ceremony. This year the special guest, was Jose Carreras, the famous spanish tenor.

Awards to Football, Alpine Ski and Beachvolleyball
Alaba, Fenninger and Schwaiger/Schwaiger Austrian Sport Men of the year

Bayern Munichs youngster and national footballteam-player David Alaba, Alpine Ski Pin-Up-Girl Anna Fenninger and the Beachvolleyball-sisters Stefanie an Doris Schwaiger got the awards of Austrians sport men of the year 2013. In a big sport gala, live coveraged at the eve prime time in the ORF Television about more than 90 minutes, the results of the votings were presented. 556 members of Sports Media Austria have participate at this voting. Alaba is the first football player since Toni Polster in 1997, who won this award. He got 315 first places. Behind Alaba on second place Marcel Hirscher – the Austrian Ski-Hero. World-champion in slalom at the home world cup in Schladming, winner of a silver medal in Giant Slalom and overal winner of the Wolrd Cup Tour 2012/13. And third a guy, who is always under the Top 3 but still waiting for the first place: Gregor Schlierenzauer, who won the Intersport-Tournee 2012/13, who won the world cups 2012/13 in ski-jumping and skiflying. A great guy.
But: Bayern-Coach Pep Guardiola not allowed Alaba to come to Vienna. So they made a live connection to Munich, were Franck Ribery gave the award to his friend David. “It is unbelievable”, he not really found words for that …. The worst thing: Even Fenninger not could join the stage to take the award. She were in the hall before, but got some medical problems and had to go back to the hotel. Fenninger won her title clearly, second her teammate Michaela Kirchgasser and third climbing star Anna Stoehr. And at the teams the sister-duo of the Austrian county named “Woodquarter” were voted first. Steffi and Doris Schwaiger were happy to got this title as first Austrian volleyballer. Behind them on place 2 the footballteam of Austria Vienna and the formula 1-Red Bull Racing-Team.

1500 people in the hall and more than a half million at the TV have seen this biggest Austrian sport party of the year. SMA president Michael Kuhn was happy to welcome Gianni Merlo, president of AIPS, as well as delegates from Germany (president Erich Laaser) and Switzerland (executive members Meinrad Stoecklin and Pius Ruegger). They all have been impressed. Impressed about sportive successes of such a small country, and impressed about the location Austria Center Vienna and all around the big gala event.

Josef Langer – Secretary general Sports Media Austria
Author: aipseurope
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