National Ski Association News

ÖSV President Schröcksnadel honoured with European Olympic Laurel Award

FIS Council Member and Austrian Ski Association, President Peter Schröcksnadel was honoured for his outstanding services in the promotion of Sport within Austria by European Olympic Committee President and FIS Vice President Janez Kocijancic (SLO). IOC President Thomas Bach and Karl Stoss and Peter Mennel, President and Secretary General of the Austrian Olympic Committee were present as well.

Schröcksnadel received the European European Olympic Laurel Award, which was created in 2007. It is given in recognition of outstanding roles in the promotion and development of sport at the EOC General Assembly, usually in November.


Cross-Country development in Thailand

The Ski Association of Thailand is hard at work to develop its Cross-Country Skiing programme. Six ladies and seven young men and took part in a first FIS Roller Skiing Race in Chumporn, at the end of October. In addition, a large group of children started in national events in different age categories from below nine to older than 17. 

The federation has now named a national selection of athletes for the first time with the first aim being participating at the 1stWinter Children of Asia International Sports Games in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (RUS) in February. 12 national team athletes will travel to Italy in January for a 19-day training camp at Gressoney-Saint-Jean (ITA) to prepare for their first title event.


German Ski Federation kicks off innovative study programme

An innovative study programme offering an integrated coach education and work experience to interested persons and former athletes launched in Germany. The dual study programme, consisting of central education phases and practical coaching work in clubs and ski associations, leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Sports, awarded by the University of Leipzig and to a coach diploma awarded by Coaching Academy at the German Sports University in Cologne in nine semesters, all while being fully employed at their clubs.

The German Ski Federation chose a first group of former ski team athletes Alpine Skiing, Ski Cross, Nordic Combined, Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon for the first edition of the programme that commenced in Munich.