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Hans Peter Trost has been re-elected president of Sports Media Austria

Hans Peter Trost will take charge of Sports Media Austria for another four years. (Photo by ORF)
by Josef Langer, member of AIPS EC and secretary general of Sports Media Austria

Vienna, May 23, 2018 - Hans Peter Trost has been re-elected as the president of Sports Media Austria at the national congress in Innsbruck, Tyrol. Trost succeeded Michael Kuhn in 2014 as president.

Board member Guenter Pfeistlinger retired from the Executive. Pfeistlinger, who has long served sports journalism in Austria, has decided that ‘it is time to say goodbye.’ He will be succeeded as treasurer by his deputy Barbara Gindl. Two more women will join Trost’s new team: Dr. Gabriela Jahn and Anja Richter.

Peter Frauneder and Matthias Stelzmueller complete the Executive Committee as new faces.

The newly elected board of Sports Media Austria:

Mag. Hans Peter TROST (President), Professor Michael KUHN (Honorary President), Mag. Stefan GRUENEIS (First Vice President), Michael SCHUEN (Second Vice President), Barbara GINDL (Treasurer), Michael SMEJKAL (Deputy Treasurer), Josef LANGER (Secretary General), Ronald GOLLATZ (Deputy Secretary General). Members: Peter FRAUNEDER, Christian HOFER, Dr. Gabriela JAHN, Marl Michael NANSECK, Adam NIEDERKORN, Anja RICHTER, Matthias STELZMUELLER and Christoph ZÖPFL. Finance Control: Kurt AHAMMER, Kurt RAUNEGGER, Ingo RICKL. Deputy Controller: Walter KOCH, Felix NETOPILEK


From l-r: Guenter Pfeistlinger, Heinz Prueller, Kurt Raunegger, Ingo Rickl, the new honorary members of Sports Media Austria. (Photo by @SMA/Viktor Fertsak)

Four Veterans of Austrian sports journalism were promoted to honorary members at the general assembly, including the living legend Heinz Prueller, Austria’s leading TV commentator on Formula 1 races and Alpine Skiing. Pfeistlinger, Kurt Raunegger and Ingo Rickl were also bestowed with honorary membership.

During an outstanding gala evening in the castle of Kufstein, Tyrol, the winners of the Sports Media Austria Award – presented by Coca-Cola were elected. Martin Unger from ORF won the main prize for his story “20 years after Hermann Maier”, a documentary about the Herminator’s crash at the Olympics 1998 in Nagano.

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