▷ Top in sports and studies: online voting for sports scholarship holder: started in 2021

28.06.2021 – 10:00

German Sports Aid Foundation

Frankfurt am Main (ots)

Five top athletes: inside stand up www.sportstipendiat.de zur Wahl / Deutsche Bank and Deutsche Sporthilfe honor the achievements of top-class athletes with this award

From now on, every sports fan can vote for the “Sports scholarship holder: in of the year” 2021 at www.sportstipendiat.de. With this award, Deutsche Sporthilfe and Deutsche Bank are honoring athletes for the ninth time: who have succeeded in combining top-class sport and studies in an impressive manner – and who managed to master very special challenges in the past Corona year. There are five top athletes to choose from until July 11, 2021:

- Andreas Bechmann, Hallen-EM-Sechster 2021 im Leichtathletik-Mehrkampf und General-Management-Student 
- Hannah Gablac, Hockey-Nationalspielerin und Studentin der Humanmedizin 
- Katharina Lang, Rollstuhlbasketball-Nationalspielerin und Marketing-Studentin 
- Deborah Levi, WM-Dritte 2021 im Bobsport und Grundschullehramtsstudentin 
- Leonie Meyer, EM-Zweite 2020 im Kitesurfen und Studentin der Humanmedizin  

You can vote online at www.sportstipendiat.de. An iPad will be raffled among all participants who cast their votes there. The likes on the respective social media posts of the athletes also count as a vote for one of the candidates.

The criteria for choosing “Sports scholarship holder: in of the year” are athletic performance as well as successes and progress in studies that were achieved between May 2020 and April 2021. Taking into account the special challenges posed by the corona pandemic, in which training and competitions were only possible to a very limited extent, especially at the beginning, overcoming these hurdles and developing new soft skills on the part of top athletes also played an essential role in the selection process. All studying sport aid athletes who received the Deutsche Bank Sport Scholarship could apply. A jury from sports, politics, business and the media selected a top 5 from numerous applications in advance, which will compete against each other in an online vote starting today.

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Deutsche Bank, partner of Deutsche Sporthilfe since 2001 and national sponsor since 2008, doubles the winner: in the monthly grant for 18 months from 300 euros to 600 euros. The four other finalists receive additional funding of 50 percent of the monthly scholarship for the same period. Last year, wheelchair basketball player and psychology student Annabel Breuer was named “Sports Scholarship Holder of the Year”. Previous winners included Olympic javelin champion Thomas Röhler (2018 / MBA), long jump world champion Malaika Mihambo (2014 / political science) and Olympic hockey champion Martin Häner (2013 / human medicine). The students among the top athletes have special challenges to cope with the double burden of sport and study. Together with Deutsche Bank, which financially supports up to 300 students with the Deutsche Bank Sports Scholarship through its Art, Culture & Sports and Customer Management of Privatkundenbank Deutschland, Sporthilfe encourages and encourages all sponsored athletes to further advance their dual careers . The excellent performance of the Sporthilfe athletes who are studying should also be given more prominence to the public.

The top 5 for the online voting “Sports scholarship holder: in of the year” 2021 (in alphabetical order):

Andreas Bechmann: Andreas is the reigning German indoor champion and sixth in the European Indoor Championships in all-around athletics and has set himself the medium-term goal of participating in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. The 21-year-old Frankfurt General Management is currently studying at the accadis University in Bad Homburg and is co-founder of an insure tech start-up that emerged from a university course. “Mental models from sports regularly help me to master investor pitches or exam situations.”

> to the interview: https://www.sporthilfe.de/sportstipendiat2021-kandidat-andreas-bechmann-im-interview

> to the video clip by Andreas Bechmann: https://youtu.be/CqyBFca_m1s

Hannah Gablac: Hannah has been part of the German national hockey team since she was 19. She missed the nomination for the Olympic Games in Tokyo wafer-thin. Last year, the 26-year-old completed her practical year in the hospital in the middle of the corona pandemic and then completed her degree in human medicine at the University of Hamburg. “I was ‘the sportswoman’ all my life. During the pandemic, I witnessed the hard daily hospital routine of doctors and nurses and accompanied the patients.”

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> to the interview: https://www.sporthilfe.de/sportstipendiat2021-kandidatin-hannah-gablac-im-interview

> to the video clip by Hannah Gablac: https://youtu.be/KJkMUw1XIBg

Katharina Lang: Katharina qualified with the German national wheelchair basketball team for her first Paralympics in Tokyo. The 28-year-old graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Alabama in the USA. After the pandemic outbreak, she had to return to Germany temporarily and attend American online lectures in the middle of the night. In the meantime she fell into a sporting hole, but “through contact with a psychotherapist I found enormous joy in sport and want to win a medal in Tokyo.”

> to the interview: https://www.sporthilfe.de/sportstipendiat2021-kandidatin-katharina-lang-im-interview

> to the video clip by Katharina Lang: https://youtu.be/YhFkWz0TuHQ

Deborah Levi: Last winter, Deborah and her pilot Laura Nolte finished third at the Bobsleigh World Championships and European champion. Even before the outbreak of the corona pandemic, the 23-year-old was seriously ill with influenza and had to be hospitalized for a few days during the season. Nevertheless, she made her way back to top-class sport and also achieved her goal of taking all the courses required for her primary school teacher training course at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. “The illness has been one of my biggest hurdles in sport so far, because as an athlete you are often impatient and demand more from your body than it is currently able to do.”

> to the interview: https://www.sporthilfe.de/sportstipendiat2021-kandidatin-deborah-levi-im-interview

> to the video clip by Deborah Levi: https://youtu.be/Ikg65jo4ZEY

Leonie Meyer: When the corona pandemic broke out, Leonie was at a training camp in New Zealand and was only able to return via the federal government’s repatriation campaign. The 28-year-old is studying human medicine at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel and won silver in the mixed competition at the European kitesurfing championships in September 2020. In spring 2021 she became the mother of one child, but wants to continue her competitive sports career in the direction of Paris 2024, where kitesurfing will be part of the Olympic program for the first time. “Pregnant does not mean that nothing works in sport, on the contrary. After many discussions with my partner, we decided to show that you can also be an athlete as a mom.”

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> to the interview: https://www.sporthilfe.de/sportstipendiat2021-kandidatin-leonie-meyer-im-interview

> to the video clip by Leonie Meyer: https://youtu.be/UbDhPvFERVU

NOTE TO EDITORS:

In addition to the video clips mentioned above, Deutsche Sporthilfe also offers additional free and copyright-free video and photo material:

-  einen sendefertig geschnittenen und vertonten Video-Beitrag, der die fünf Finalist:innen sowohl als Sportler:innen als auch als Studierende vorstellt. Wir zeigen spektakuläre Einblicke in die Trainingsarbeit während Corona und schauen beim Studium über die Schulter: https://youtu.be/s2Q3WbjPfsg
-  Auf Wunsch stellen wir gerne kostenlos Rohmaterial zu den fünf Athlet:innen zur Verfügung. Wenden Sie sich bitte an Justinian Witt, E-Mail: [email protected]
-  Rechtefreies Fotomaterial steht zum Download auf der Homepage der Deutschen Sporthilfe bereit: https://bit.ly/3zXlBzm 

“National sponsors” are Mercedes-Benz, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Post and Allianz. They provide outstanding support to Deutsche Sporthilfe, the athletes it supports and the socio-political goals of the foundation.

Press contact:

Deutsche Bank AG
Klaus Winker
Tel. +49 (0) 69 / 910 32249
Email: [email protected]

German Sports Aid Foundation
Florian Double
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60528 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: 069/67803 – 500
Fax: 069/67803 – 599
Email: [email protected]
Internet: www.sporthilfe.de and www.sportstipendiat.de

Original content by: Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe, transmitted by news aktuell

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