ESOC member Willy Bruninx takes over presidency of Belgian Federation
News from the National Federations
Brussels, Belgium, May 3, 2013. On Thursday Willy Bruninx was elected President of the Royal Belgian Volleyball Federation after Philip Berben decided to step down from the position he had hold for the past 24 years.
Berben remains nevertheless well active in the Volleyball family for he is a CEV Vice President and Treasurer, member of the FIVB Board of Administration for the quadrennial 2012-2016 as well as Board member of the Belgian Olympic Committee. Mr. Berben was indeed the chair of the special commission responsible for nominating the athletes and officials that represented Belgium at the 2012 London Olympics this past summer.
“Looking back at these 24 years I can say that I have always pursued and enjoyed a very good and friendly interaction with all members of Belgium’s Volleyball family” Mr. Berben says. “We have always found good solutions for the problems we were confronted by primarily as we did trust each other and our cooperation and communication were very effective. I think that we did a good work for the promotion of Volleyball and have turned our organization into a respected and well-structured institution” the outgoing President points out.
His successor, Willy Bruninx, was unanimously elected by sweeping 16 out of the 16 votes that were cast by the delegates. Bruninx, 67, had so far been the chair of the Flemish Volleyball Federation and is also a member of the European Sports Organizing Commission (ESOC) and as such has attended many international competitions, including various final rounds of the CEV Volleyball European Championship. His tenure as President of the Royal Belgian Volleyball Federation will last – at least – for the next three years.