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03.09.2013

Top-notch autograph cards.

From now on, Paralympic gold medallist Sebastian Dietz’s will sign his autographs on paper produced by the Felix Schoeller Group

No-one believed they would see this day after Sebastian Dietz was involved in a serious car accident back in February 2004. But, on 26 August 2013, Sebastian Dietz stood in the grounds of the Felix Schoeller Group’s Osnabrück mill and received his new autograph cards as a gold medallist, world champion and world record holder. And he is planning to give them their first outing in grand style at the beginning of September at ISTAF, the international athletics event in Berlin.

The autograph cards show 28-year-old Sebastian Dietz with the gold medal he won in the discus at the London Paralympics. They have been printed on E-PHOTO® Glossy, the Felix Schoeller Group’s premium digital paper. At the official presentation ceremony at the company’s Osnabrück mill, this outstanding athlete spoke of how pleased he was with the results: ‘I love having autograph cards on such high-quality paper and I am really looking forward to handing them out soon.’

Sebastian Dietz: an exceptional person and an exceptional athlete

Dietz was paralysed from the neck down following a serious car accident in February 2004. Through a combination of extensive training and an equal amount of fighting spirit, he managed to defy his doctors’ prognoses and was able to stand and walk again in a short space of time. However, despite all his battles, he has been left with partial paraplegia. Since then Dietz, who before his accident had been offered a contract with 1. FC Kaiserslautern football club, has focused his entire energy on discus and shot-put and has achieved outstanding success. In 2012, he won the gold medal for discus at the London Paralympics. At the end of July 2013 in Lyon, he topped off his previous successes in this discipline with a new world record throw of 42.18 metres, guaranteeing his title of world disabled champion. He also took silver in the shot put at the same event.

Ready for new ‘magic moments’

We at Felix Schoeller were also impressed by this extraordinary encounter with a very special person and athlete. ‘We were named an official premium paper partner of the German Olympic team on 1 July this year and since then we have made it our mission to ensure that our top athletes have their 'magic moments' recorded for posterity on our specialty papers. It is wonderful to see how the look, feel and individuality of our products enable them to trigger special emotions and that was particularly striking in the case of Sebastian Dietz. We have no doubt that he will continue to produce many more 'magic moments' and we wish him the very best for his future competitions and his future in general,’ said Florian Murrmann, the Felix Schoeller Group’s Senior Vice President of Marketing.

Sebastian Dietz’s immediate plans will take him to the ISTAF athletics meeting in Berlin at the beginning of September, where for the first time a disabled athlete will compete against non-disabled athletes. Dietz will go up against Olympic discus champion Robert Harting, for example, with whom he has been training. So everything is set for more 'magic moments' in sporting history – and for the moment when Sebastian Dietz can hand out his new autograph cards for the first time to his delighted fans!