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Krisztina Kövessyné Pogány (HUN) awarded the IKF Pin of Merit

Just before the start of the medal ceremony of the IKF U21 World Korfball Championship in Budapest, Krisztina Kövessyné Pogány (HUN) was awarded with the IKF Pin of Merit.

Over the last decade the Hungarian Korfball Association has organised multiple successful IKF events, including: (U21) EKC Final Round, EKC First Round and Club events. Ms Kövessyné Pogány has had a leading role in most of these events and always has been able to combine outstanding organisational skills with a warm and emphatic communication style, doing the utmost to make the participating countries and involved officials happy.

On behalf of the IKF Council, Tilbert La Haye (IKF CEO) presented her the well deserved IKF distinction.

Hans Vroegh, long-time international development volunteer, dies at 76

The IKF regrets to announce the passing of Mr Hans Vroegh, bearer of the IKF Pin of Merit, at age 76, following a progressive disease. Mr Vroegh has spent all of his life supporting the development of korfball, with in particular during the past decades an emphasis on international development. He was one of the key figures behind the “Apeldoorn Youth Tournament” which later developed into the IKF Youth World Cup, and invitation tournament for national U23 teams, and for the international development committee of the KNKV East District. Later, after moving to the North of the Netherlands, he also supported the U19 Korfball World Cup for some years. Within the IKF, Vroegh had been active as referee instructor and as development officer for India and Indonesia. He was awarded the IKF Pin of Merit in 2012.

Mr Vroegh is survived by his wife, two children and four grandchildren. A mourning ceremony will be held on January 10 in Oldeberkoop, Netherlands.

Mr Paul Jeanes awarded IKF Pin of Merit

Mr Paul Jeanes (ENG)  – in the middle on the photo, surrounded by two assistants –  ended his career as IKF international referee Saturday 16 January 2016; Click here for details . He was assistant referee during the IKF Europa Cup final.

Paul was international korfball referee since the beginning of this century. He was present in many major IKF events as IKF World Korfball Championship, IKF European Korfball Championship, IKF Europa Cup, IKF Europe Shield. He was respected referee in so many matches in 15 years that the IKF Executive Committee awarded him the IKF Pin of Merit for his long lasting outstanding performances.

IKF Senior Vice-President, Frans Walvis, handed him the pin and the certificate in front of the sold out IKF ECup 2016 venue in Budapest (HUN).

 

Geert Keuning awarded the IKF Pin of Merit

The IKF has awarded its Pin of Merit to Mr Geert Keuning from Leeuwarden (Netherlands) for outstanding service for the development of korfball. In 1995 Mr Keuning was one of the initiators to organize a youth korfball team from Leeuwarden to travel by bus to Russia as part of the city’s friendship link with Orel. This trip served as the birth of korfball in Russia. Over the subsequent 20 years, Mr Keuning has continued to support the development of korfball in Russia, many years as the official IKF development officer for Russia. To this very date Mr Keuning is active as a supporter, mostly in the background, to assist the Russian with many practical matters. He has also maintained the korfball friendship link between Leeuwarden and Orel, which was captured in a TV documentary of the Frisian TV a few years ago. Apart from his volunteering for the IKF, Mr Keuning has been organiser of the U19 Korfball World Cup since 9 years on behalf of the KNKV to support the Local Organizing Committee of the U19 Korfball World Cup.

IKF President Fransoo presented Keuning with the Pin just before the final of this year’s 20th U19 Korfball World Cup; 5 April 2015.

Geoffrey Picqueur Awarded the IKF Pin of Merit

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Belgian International Referee Geoffrey Picqueur has been awarded the IKF Pin of Merit to mark his contribution as an IKF International Referee over a period of more than eight years. The presentation was made by IKF President Jan Fransoo on the occasion of Geoffrey’s last international match on the final day of the World Games in Cali.