Thursday, 15 November 2012, Wolfgang Gebauer, passed away in the age of 58 after a long period of illness. He was a korfball player of Germany’s first generation in his club Adler Rauxel and inside the national association DTB. He served as IKF treasurer from 2003 till 2007.
Wolfgang Gebauer lived for korfball.
He was a player during the IKF Europa Cup 1976 in London. A few years later Wolfgang made his next step: In 1982 he was elected club president in Adler Rauxel. He recognized that local success could be adequate to local improvements but realized that korfball needed more attention on the international level as well. He took the Chair of the German National Korfball organization in 1990.
In 1997 Wolfgang’s engagement was honored by the IKF with the “Pin of Merit”.
Together with his wife Birgit he managed many minor and major tasks for our sport. He escorted the German national senior team during the IKF World Korfball Championship 1995 in India. He a committed driver for and during the IKF U23 World Korfball Championship 2004 in Duisburg (finishing with a bronze medal for the U23 German team).
In 2003 “Gebi” (its nickname inside Germany ) was appointed treasurer in the IKF EXCO recognizing his accurate and objective perception. Already affected by his disease but still fighting he continued such engagement inside the IKF till 2007. During the IKF World Korfball Championship in Brno (Czech Republic) in such year IKF President, Dr. Jan Fransoo, thanked him using the phrase “… a real Schatzmeister“.
“We all grieve for a great friend, a fantastic sports guy, and an excellent mediator in Europe. I am sure that Wolfgang’s engagement will leave a mark in our international Korfball family for a long time. “ There are no additions necessary to the words from Dieter Fernow .
The IKF korfball family wishes Birgit, Christian and Bastian as well as your relatives and partners strength for the next period of time.