Ron Coppenrath was surprised while celebrating his birthday on Saturday 7 November at home with his family. Two unexpected guests rang at the door; Francisca Ravestein president of the Dutch NOWB and CLME officer of IWBF accompanied by Frank Berteling the CEO of the Dutch NOB (NBB).
From the President Francisca Ravestein Ron Coppenrath first got the federal pin of the Dutch Basketball Federation for many years active in the national and international basketball. At his club Ron was closely involved in the development of wheelchair basketball in Netherlands and for many years was a delegate on behalf of the wheelchair basketball clubs at the general assembly of the NBB.
The second award Francisca brought with her was the IWBF Gold Medal Triad Award, the well-deserved award for all the work Ron has done for IWBF.
Outside his country Ron Coppenrath has been active for many years as Secretary General IWBF-Europe. In this function, he was a spider in the web in the organization of many European Championships and European Cup-tournaments. Also at IWBF Ron made a strong contribution as a member of the World Board, in charge of the portfolio ' Competitions '. In this role he was also the focal point for the countries participating in the World Championships and Paralympics.
For his international commitment the IWBF awarded Ron Coppenrath the IWBF Gold Medal Triad Award. By circumstances Ron Coppenrath could not be present at the European Championship wheelchair basketball in Worcester. That is why Francisca Ravestein in her role of IWBF-Board Member presented him this award at his home address on his birthday.
The European wheelchair basketball community thanks Ron Coppenrath for his years of commitment and congratulates him with the IWBF Gold Medal Triad Award.
Source: NBB (Dutch Basketball Federation)