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Marcel Hirscher

He is considered by many to be the best alpine skier in history – he is a true winner.

Born in 1989 in Annaberg Bei Salzburg he grew up as the son of two ski instructors. He graduated from a special ski high school in 2007 and made his World Cup debut in March of the same year.

He competed primarily in slalom and giant slalom, but he was also occasionally successful in combined and super G. His first victory was in December 2009 in the giant slalom of Val d’Isere, France.

The three-time Junior World Champion contested 245 World Cup races, won 68 World Cup victories and became a two-time

Olympic champion, five-time individual world champion and two-time World Team Champion. In 2016 he became the most successful Austrian male world Cup ski racer by surpassing Benjamin Raich and Hermann Maier.

Marcel Hirscher was the first alpine ski racer to win the overall World Cup eight times (from 2012 to 2019) in an unbroken succession and has been the most successful ski racer in the history of alpine ski world championships since his victory in the World Cup of Åre (2019).

Luckily Hirscher was only injured two times during his career (2011 and 2017).

At the beginning of September he announced his retirement, he is still remaining in the ski-business, but not as an active racer anymore.

The text was written in October 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

My name is Hannah Fontaine, I’m an ERASMUS+ volunteer from Austria and recently graduated from high school. My biggest passion is photography and I’m also into other forms of art (music, painting, videography, …). Also, I really love travelling and getting to know new people and cultures!


Erasmus+ is a program of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth, and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the program acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.

Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.

In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.

European Voluntary Service

Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.

We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.

Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.