Distinguished Service Award

Award Winners

Stefan Walzel


The announcement of the EASM Distinguished Service Award winner 2022 during the EASM Award Ceremony was a great surprise. Stefan Walzel was honoured for his outstanding work for EASM.


Stefan has been a true guardian of the EASM Constitution and has done his utmost for the advancement of the Association. He has worked for and helped develop EASM over many years and is an embodiment of EASM’s values. His commitment as well as his collegiality and loyalty represent the highest standards for the work in voluntary organisations like EASM.


“I feel very honoured to receive this prestigious award. It has been a great pleasure to serve EASM for many years and I want to thank all colleagues and friends who made this time so much enjoyable for me.” said Stefan after receiving the EASM Distinguished Service Award 2022.


The presentation of the Distinguished Service Award is a fitting way to round off Stefan Walzel’s tenure as EASM’s outgoing General Secretary. EASM is grateful for Stefan’s exceptional and dedicated work for the organisation. It has been an honour.



Ulrik Wagner


The EASM Board officially announced that Ulrik Wagner from Københavns Universitet – University of Copenhagen is honoured with the Distinguished Service Award of the European Association for Sport Management (EASM) in 2021. Ulrik has been involved for many years in EASM and lead the EASM PhD Student Seminar for nine years. In this capacity, he provided guidance and mentorship for more than 100 PhD students over the last years and helped them to successfully finished their PhD.


“I am deeply grateful for this prestigious award and would like to thank my colleagues for the award reception, which comes as a complete surprise for me. I feel very honoured”, said Ulrik directly after the announcement.


Ruth Crabtree


The EASM Distinguished Service Award was presented to Ruth Crabtree during the 27th European Sport Management Conference in Seville. EASM honorary President Per Göran Fahlström described the award winner as one of the unsung heroes, who stay in the background while being most important drivers for the development of the association. Ruth Crabtree has fulfilled the award criteria by far:


  • Contribution to an uncountable number of EASM student seminars
  • Co-organizer of several EASM summer schools
  • Contribution of the development of the EASM White Book
  • Development of materials for the EASM awards
  • Negotiation of contracts with several partners and sponsors
  • Main organizer of the annual EASM conference
  • Voluntary EASM Board member for 10 years, including the position as the EASM treasurer as well as the position as EASM vice-president
  • Represented EASM in international alliances and co-operations
  • Has been the EASM’s representative in the WASM Board in the position of vice –president.


Ruth Crabtree has been professional and showed collegiality and expertise, she has always been acting within a respectful manner, proud of the EASM banner demonstrating the EASM values of inclusiveness, collaboration and integrity. She has been a fantastic team player, who makes her teammates better.


Herbert Woratschek


During the 25th EASM Conference, the first EASM Distinguished Service Award was presented to Professor Herbert Woratschek. Professor Woratschek has worked for and helped develop EASM over many years and in many ways:


  • He has served on the EASM Board and also the Editorial Board of ESMQ
  • Served in many working groups outside of the board to help in our development such as chairing sub-committees and also representing EASM at WASM meetings.
  • He was Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the 16th EASM Conference and student seminar
  • Initiated our very successful EASM Summer


Most importantly though and above all the work he has voluntarily undertaken for EASM, you can describe Professor Woratschek as simply a very decent, nice, kind genuine guy – values that any organisation would welcome.

About the award
The EASM Distinguished Service Award – recognises a member’s significant involvement and service to the work of EASM.
The accolade is intended to acknowledge the value and contribution made in fulfilling the aims of EASM within a voluntary capacity.



The nominee must meet the following:


  1. Served in a voluntary capacity to help fulfil the aims of EASM within a formal, recognised role;
  2. Demonstrated professionalism, collegiality and expertise whilst undertaking various roles within EASM;
  3. Acted within a respectful manner, demonstrating the EASM values of inclusivity, collaboration, and integrity.

Nomination Procedure 2023


EASM members can nominate a worthy recipient by submitting a nomination package to the Chair of the Award Committee, Aila Ahonen (Aila.Ahonen@jamk.fi) before the 30th of June 2023, consisting of:


  • A letter of recommendation[no more than two pages] to the Award Committee chair that specifically describes the person’s accomplishments in relation to the award criteria. The letter should clearly identify the award the person is being nominated for, and justify why the person deserves the award.
  • We encourage up to three[no more than three] letters of support for inclusion in the nomination package.
  • A resume, CV or brief biography for the nominee (can be pulled from faculty webpage or other online source).


Nominators must be EASM members in good standing and should email the nomination to the Chair of the Award Committee. The Award Committee may subsequently request additional information from the nominator. All nominations will be assessed in confidence.