Meet FIS staff members Kathrin Hostettler and Sarah Fussek
In the series of introducing FIS office staff members this week focus turns to: Kathrin Hostettler, FIS Freestyle & Snowboard Assistant and Sarah Fussek, Assistant to the Secretary General and FIS Anti-Doping Coordinator.
For how long have you been working for FIS?
Kathrin: I have been working for FIS since 23 years. My first day was on 1st April 1991.
Sarah: More than six years. I remember my first day very well since it was at the FIS Congress 2008 in Cape Town (RSA) where I got to know all the great colleagues as well as lots of members of National Ski Associations.
What did you do before?
Sarah: I was a staff member of the International Biathlon Union based in Salzburg (AUT) and Assistant at the University of Salzburg, Institute for International Public Law, where I got used to working in an international environment dealing with university cooperation with Eastern Europe.
Kathrin: I worked for a real estate company as a commercial employee for one year. The company was based in Thun (SUI), ten minutes away from Oberhofen where the FIS office is based..
What are your main tasks at FIS?
Kathrin: I am handling the entire secretariat for the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding disciplines. This includes overseeing, handling and updating the calendars, contracts, rules and FIS point lists for all levels of competitions including World Championships and Olympic Winter Games. I also provide general support to the Freestyle Skiing Coordinator Joseph Fitzgerald and Snowboard Race Director Uwe Beier, and handle all materials for the FIS meetings.
Sarah: I am dealing with the daily FIS Anti-Doping work as well as assisting the FIS Secretary General in general administrative tasks. Additionally, I assist the FIS Medical Committee as well as the FIS ISS (Injury Surveillance System) Group.
What do you like most about your job?
Kathrin: I very much enjoy the diversity of my job and the new tasks arising each day.
Sarah: Just like Kathrin, certainly the variation of tasks, the contact with people from all over the world, the possibility to use foreign languages in my daily work, and the opportunity to constantly learn new things and be involved in different areas of sports administration.
How many languages do you speak?
Sarah: Along with my native German, I speak Russian and English fluently, with basic knowledge in Ukrainian and Finnish.
Kathrin: Swiss German, high German ;) and English.
What things you like to do in your free time?
Kathrin: In my free time I enjoy sports, particularly skiing, swimming, aerobics and hiking. I also like to read novels and spend lots of time with my friends and family.
Sarah: Playing tennis in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. I enjoy activities together with my family. I am already getting excited to put my 2-year-old daughter on skis this winter. I also like to learn and improve foreign languages if extra-time allows. ;)