Mussner re-elected as AIJS President

30 October 2013 14:44
Mussner old and new AIJS President
Mussner old and new AIJS President -
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Journalist and press director of the Organising Committee for Val Gardena/Gröden Gernot Mussner was re-elected as president of the International Association of Ski Journalists (AIJS) at the organisation’s General Assembly during the Audi FIS World Cup Season Opener in Sölden last week.

Mussner will begin his three-year term immediately following the unanimous decision. It is the second term for Mussner who was elected president in 2010 after joining the Board in 2007.

The AIJS currently consists of 112 members from 13 nations. “I am pleased that we have been able to triple the membership,” said Mussner. “Our hard work has paid off and has been recognised by our colleagues.”

Mussner was supported in his role by Board Members Remo Geisser, Michael Schuen and Patrick Lang. “I am particularly thankful to my Board. Without their help AIJS’ achievements would not have been possible. I would also like to thank auditors Michael Smejkal and René de Boer for helping keep AIJS transparent.”

At the General Assembly, five long-standing members were honoured for their extraordinary services to AIJS: Richard Hegglin, Wolfgang Winheim, Josef Metzger, Antonio Visentini und Patrick Lang.

In part, AIJS’ task is to represent the interests and provide support to the ski journalists vis-a-vis FIS, the local race Organisers, the group of classic Ski World Cup Organisers Club5, the National Ski Associations and other organisations acting within the Ski World Cup.

“The cooperation with the different stakeholders and Organising Committees was very good the last three years” said Mussner. “We would like to extend our gratitude to all our partners. The area I would like to focus on at the start of my new term is finding affordable accommodation for journalists.”

In addition to re-electing it’s president, AIJS also presented it annual “Skieur d'Or” trophy in Sölden. This year, the award for the outstanding alpine athlete went to Slovenia’s Tina Maze.

Journalists interested in joining the AIJS are encouraged to contact g.mussner@aijs.eu