Anna Fenninger is among this years nominees for the Sportswoman of the Year Award. Each year, The Women’s Sports Foundation celebrates the incredible performances of an individual sport athlete and team sport athlete over a 12-month period. Past winners include Venus and Serena Williams, Abby Wambach, Simone Biles and Candace Parker. Honorees are determined in part by a public vote who help to choose the recipients of the prestigious Sportswoman of the Year Award.
The athletes on the 2015 ballot have distinguished themselves from the field by their record-breaking, historic, and simply amazing athletic performances between August 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015.Sportswoman of the Year award winners will be crowned at the Foundation’s 36th Annual Salute to Women in Sports gala on October 20 in New York. More information: www.sportswomanoftheyear.com.
Olympic champion Anna Fenninger takes on the role of a “big cat champion” to support and promote the work of National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative (BCI).
Fenninger, the Austrian Olympic alpine ski racing champion and overall 2014 World Cup winner, is dedicated to wildlife conservation efforts around the world. In her role as European Ambassador for the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), she has raised awareness for the plight of the cheetah through a video and calendar shoot in Namibia. Fenninger’s Olympic helmet was donated to the CCF to be permanently on display at the CCF visitor center in Namibia.
Fenninger’s interest in wild cheetah conservation has extended to protection of other big cat species, including lions. Her research in the area led her to National Geographic’s BCI, which was launched in 2009 to help combat the decline of big cats in the wild through on-the-ground conservation projects, education and a global public awareness campaign called CauseAnUproar.org. Big cat populations around the world are in serious decline; some species are facing the real possibility of going extinct.
In her new role as a big cat champion, Fenninger will help raise awareness for BCI with her active participation in BCI’s Build a Boma campaign, a peer-to-peer fundraising initiative to help build bomas, which are fortified enclosures/fences that have been shown to save lions by keeping them away from livestock. Protecting livestock from predation helps protect big cats from retaliatory killings.
Fenninger said, “I am a dedicated cat enthusiast, from my house cat to the big cats in the wild. Therefore, it is my honor to be part of National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative and to help to ensure a living space for human and animals in peaceful coexistence.”
Alexander Moen, vice president, National Geographic Explorer Programs, said, “We are thrilled to have Anna Fenninger join the Big Cats Initiative as our first European big cat champion. We no longer have the luxury of time when it comes to saving big cats, so it is inspiring to see Anna take action in support of these magnificent creatures. Anna’s passion and leadership in the Build a Boma campaign will directly help protect big cats in the wild.”
About the Big Cats Initiative
With a mission to inspire, illuminate and teach, the 126-year-old National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The member-supported Society, which believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world, reaches more than 600 million people worldwide each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative (BCI) was founded in 2009 with Explorers-in-Residence, filmmakers and conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert as a long-term effort to halt the decline of big cats in the wild. BCI supports efforts to save big cats through assessment
activities, on-the-ground conservation projects, education and a global public-awareness campaign, “Cause an Uproar,” launched in partnership with Nat Geo WILD. For more information, visit CauseAnUproar.org.
Anna Fenninger has achieved a lot in her career. Between 2002 and 2004 she was crowned six times the Austrian school-champion.At the European Olympic Youth Festival 2005 in Monthey(France) she was bronze medalist in slalom und Super G. Followed by four gold and two silver medals and another bronze medal at the World Youth Championships. 2006 and 2007 she has won the overall ranking of the European Cup twice. Then, at the 11th of November she made her debut in the World Cup at the slalom in Levi. Over the course of the years her focus changed to the quicker events like giant slalom, Super G and downhill.But she is still a good slalom racer. That she proved 2011 at the World Championship in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) when she won the gold medal in the Super-Combination.Two years later during the World Championship 2013 in Schladming (Austria) she won the bronze medal in giant slalom. By the whole World Cup Season she got several victories and places on the podium. Finally the third place at the overall ranking of the World Cup Season 2012/2013 fills her with s special pride.