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The evening marked by the winners

The evening marked by the winners

LINZ. Touch: coach Josef Schopf was delighted with the Golden Lion and the winner Lucas Vaishidinger. LASK has already won the ninth time. It was a premiere for Sofia Polkanova.

The evening marked by the winners

The winner of the 44th OÖN Athlete Championship: LASK captain Gernot Trauner took the team title, table tennis Ace Sofia Polkanova – the first athlete of the year, Lucas Vaishainger repeated his victory in 2016. Image: VOLKER WEIHBOLD

It was festive, atmospheric and with a touch of informal sports on Tuesday evening, when an athlete from Upper Austria was awarded the year in Linz-Palais-Kaufmannischer-Verein. For the 44th time, the OÖNachrichten elections were organized jointly with Sportland Oberösterreich. A long tradition that wrote history and continues to write.

This time it was, among other things, Yosef Schopf. For Innviertler an unforgettable evening he had many reasons to celebrate. First, the 65-year-old boy was allowed to celebrate his protégé, disc thrower Lucas Vaishadinger, who was awarded the "Athlete of the Year." Then the discoverer and long-term trainer of EM Bronze was honored for his work even with the Golden Lion, the honorary OÖN award. He is also a representative of many important supporters of successful athletes who (almost) are never in the spotlight. The good news did not stop for Schopf. Wissadinder will not train in the coming days, as usual, in Vienna, but with him in Taufkirchen an der Pram. The opportunity to return home with your Luke is like a premature Christmas gift for Schopf. “The reward is a great honor for me,” said Vayshidinger, who won before the ski ace Vincent Cryhmayr, whose prize was taken by his sister Jakob, and the cyclist Lucas Pöstberger.

While the athlete was at the top of the list for the second time, he was the first for Sofia Polkanova. “That he is coming to the front, so I didn’t expect it,” said the European table tennis room happily. Her club Linz AG Froschberg was postponed a special game Superliga, which ultimately paid off. Seven fighters Verena Preiner and Hildegard Platzer – mother loger Birgit Platzer, who had already gone to the overseas races, were on the podium along with the 24-year-old.

For teams, LASK was the winner, both in the previous year and for the ninth time. “This award shows that the club is on the right track,” said Gernot Trauner. The captain took the opportunity to thank his wife Judith the day before the twins' first birthday. She left her back at home and “always sleeps well,” said the young father, who also felt comfortable in the sporting family of Upper Austria. Including many legends, meetings which led to the coverage of one or two delicacies

Therefore, the former canoeist Wolfgang Hartle had to do push-ups. The reason: between the Los Angeles Olympic starter and judoka Joseph Reiter, there is an agreement that every time you have to participate in the 1984 Olympics. If someone forgets, the other should be able to ask him a task. The story when she writes the choice of an athlete.

Gala evening as the next

After the awards ceremony for OÖN athletes at Palace-Kaufmannischer-Verein, the final sign will take place on February 8, 2019. At the Gala Night Stage, organized by OÖN in collaboration with LIVA in the Bruknerhaus in Linz, the best athletes in the country will once again shine in the spotlight. In contrast to the meeting of the upper Austrian sports family on Tuesday evening, the festive evening in February is not a party for a closed society. The traditional gala party has been a crowd builder for decades, filling the Brucknerhaus. Also in 2019 there will be an entertainment program with sports, shows and a lot of music.

Tickets can be purchased at every Ö-Ticket store, at all VKB branches, at Brucknerhaus and on the Internet at

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