The IWBF Europe Forum was hosted alongside the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships, with delegates debating the challenges facing the development of Wheelchair Basketball.
Delegates considered how to support youth participation across developing countries as well as debating how the Wheelchair Basketball infrastructure can service the demands for growth across the women’s league structure. They also debated in the countdown to Rio, how to leverage the opportunities presented by the growth of digital and social communication.
The gathering culminated in the IWBF Europe congress elections in which Jan Berteling announced his retirement as President of IWBF Europe after 16 years of service.
Jan Berteling on his retirement as President of IWBF Europe said:
“It has been a pleasure to support IWBF Europe as president and I retire knowing that I am leaving the sport in a strong position with a very committed and passionate board at the helm.
“I have witnessed first hand the significant growth in Wheelchair Basketball across Europe and believe that we have much to contribute from Europe to the development of the sport globally. I wish my successor every success in continuing to grow our sport.”
Ulf Mehrens. President of IWBF said:
“We would like to thank Jan Berteling for his contribution to Wheelchair Basketball. Under his presidency IWBF Europe has flourished, creating a strong platform for the executive council to build on for the future.”
The new president of IWBF Europe was announced as Paralympian Walter Pfaller from Austria. He is joined by GB Paralympian Malcolm Tarkenter, newly elected as Vice President and current Chairman of British Wheelchair Basketball.
The elections to IWBF Europe Executive Council included:
President Walter Pfaller (AUT)
Vice President Malcolm Tarkenter (GBR)
Treasurer Fernando Zappile (ITA)
Competitions Officer Dirk Cossaer (BEL)
Development Officer Maurice Hammerton (GBR)
Classifications Officer Regina Costa (POR)
Technical Officer Tonia Gomez (ESP)
Plus Avi Lehrmann (ISR)
Zarko Tomsic (SLO)
The European Wheelchair Basketball Championships closed on Sunday September 6th, with the crowning of the new European Champions, Germany (women) and Great Britain (men), under the watchful eye of HRH the Countess of Wessex.