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1st Referee Refresher clinic 2014 - 2018

Hosted by the DRS-Wheelchair-Basketball-Federation and under the organisation of the Wheelchair Basketball Club ASV Bonn, represented by their Head of LOC, Mr. Uwe Burchardt, the IWBF Europe Technical Commission celebrated this weekend in Bonn (Germany), their first Referees Refresher clinic belonging to the period 2015-2017.

From 22-25 October, 22 referees from around Europe assisted lectures given by the Instructors HaDi Jungmann (GER), Edwin Wallaart (NED), Tònia Gómez (IWBF Europe Technical Officer, ESP) and Norbert Kucera (IWBF Technical Officer, GER) about Rules & the latest Mechanics changes, IWBF Philosophy & Strategy for the future, Team Work, Wheelchair Practices on Court and Video Sessions. Also, the German National Team Men’s Head Coach, Mr. Nicolai Zeltinger, gave an excellent lecture about the Defensive Tactics and Game Preparation of his team.

All referees passed successfully both rules and fitness tests.

The Organizer did an excellent job and everything was perfect in transportation, hotel and facilities. In addition, a social activity was organized Saturday afternoon, and the group enjoyed a nice guided visit around Bonn and a good dinner in a traditional restaurant invited by the Referee Commission & Commission for International Relationships.

15 Lecture in room

18 Practices on Court







16 Visit in Bonn 01



Henk Makkenze, one of the greatest players passed away

Henk was called the master of court control together with the Israeli player Baruch Hagai. The two were good friends and ran together many clinics in the world during the seventies and eighties to develop wheelchair basketball.

In the eighties and nineties Henk played numerous times for the Dutch National team  and for his club “Rowic”. Henk was the inventor of the “Camber wheels” and started the development of the current basketball wheelchairs.

Henk was awarded Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau by Her Majesty the Queen of The Netherlands.  In 1994, he received the IWBF “Triad Award”.

Henk had many health problems but always stayed positive, and reach the age of 66 years.