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Joana Faria (POR) re-elected as IKF Secretary General

IKF Secretary General Joana Faria (POR) has been re-elected as a member of the IKF Council and will continue to serve the Federation as Secretary General for a second four-year term. Faria received unanimous support of the General Meeting of the IKF, which was held in Antwerp, Belgium, on the occasion of the centenary of the Royal Belgian Korfball Federation.

Faria, a physical education professional and former player of the Portuguese national team, was praised for her service during her first term, including further elevating good governance practices in the IKF, enhancing communication with member national organisations, and helping to better structure the growing regulatory and competitions portfolio of the federation.

At the meeting, Mr Bjorn Elewaut (BEL) was also re-elected for a second term in the IKF Council. Mr Jorge Alves (POR) was elected for the first time. Alves will carry responsibility  for the Federation’s critical development portfolio. Due to the rapid growth of korfball in many countries, the need for support, and in particular education has grown substantially. Earlier in the week, Mr Alves had presented the newly develop IKF Korfball Academy as the Federations novel online and hybrid learning platform.

 

Joana Faria

Joana Faria (POR) – IKF Secretary General

Photo by Gertrude de Vries

Faria is new IKF Secretary General; Allen and Elewaut elected in Exco

The IKF General Meeting 20 August 2017 in The Hague (NED) elected  three new members in its Council:

  • Ms Joana FARIA (POR)
  • Mr Kevin ALLEN (ENG)
  • Mr Björn ELEWAUT (BEL)

Faria Fransoo Allen

Secretary General Faria, President Fransoo, and Exco Member  Allen after the election. Elewaut is not on this picture.

Joana Faria is the first IKF Council member from Portugal. She is also a member of the Executive Committee and will serve as the first female IKF Secretary General.

Kevin Allen is also a member of the Executive Committee. He will carry the responsibility for korfball development and the IKF’s rules and regulations.

Björn Elewaut, also a member of the Executive Committee, will become responsible for refereeing and the further development of the level of international referees, along with a special project focus on the development of IKF Europe.

Mr Graham Crafter (ENG) did not seek re-election following fourteen years of service to the IKF as Secretary General. He had been awarded the IKF Honorary Membership in 2015. Mr Frank Buvens ( BEL) also did not seek re-election after having served for fifteen years on the IKF Executive Committee. The General Meeting appointed him as Honorary Member of the federation.

IKF Secretary General Crafter and Exco Member Buvens retire after many years of service

After a long period of service on the IKF Council and Executive Committee two respected board members stepped down; Mr Graham Crafter (ENG) and Mr Frank Buvens (BEL).

Graham Crafter served the IKF as Secretary General for a period of 14 years.

Frank Buvens served the IKF as Exco and Council member – for competitions and refereeing – since November 2002, nearly 15 years.

Crafter Fransoo Buvens

Crafter, Fransoo, and Buvens (from left to right)

Both Crafter and Buvens have a long – over decades – history in korfball. Both were respected international referees in the past as well. Their contributions to korfball in their respective countries and in international korfball is huge. For their ongoing commitment and dedication to korfball both received distinctions in their countries as well. Crafter was appointed IKF Honorary Member by the General Meeting on 7 November 2015.

IKF President, Mr Jan Fransoo, proposed the General Meeting on 20 August 2017 in The Hague to appoint Buvens Honorary Member as well. With a big hand of applause the General Meeting voted unanimously in favor.

Fransoo took the opportunity to thank both IKF Council members with warm and well deserved words.

The IKF Council

IKF Council in 2013 as elected after the General Meeting 27 October 2013 in Lisbon (POR).
From left to right:
Mr Tim MILLER (AUS), Mr Milan SCHWARZ (CZE), Mrs Helen SEARLE (AUS), Mr Gert DIJKSTRA (NED), Mr Graham CRAFTER (ENG), MR Inglish HUANG (TPE), Dr Jan FRANSOO (president) (NED), Mr Frans WALVIS (NED), Mr Frank Buvens (BEL), Mrs Danielle RUTS (BEL), Mr Les WILLIAMS (SAF)