It is with great sadness that we learned of the sudden death from Bernard GANSER following a long illness Bernard GANSER, great figure of our discipline, who passed away on Monday, February 8 at the age of 66 years. Bernard, was an exceptional person, full of joy and passion and liked by everyone.
For over 35 years Bernard has played a key role in the French Wheelchair basketball World and will be remembered as great ambassador of our sport.
He has been a part of the France staff in the function of assistant coach almost 10 years, including that of the famous French men team that won the World Champion in 1990, it represented a link between two stories of Club France and on the international stage while Bernard won Paralympic Games, World Championships and several European Champion titles! He leaded also the team of France Women’s national Team from 1989 to 1992, with a huge satisfaction of having led the women’s basketball to the Barcelona Games in 1992. His contribution for French wheelchair basketball is countless. Not only in the coachting of the mens and womens team of France but also the juniors team. Bernard was also very involved in the French Basketball Commission, including in the education field in which he worked tirelessly during his 20 years as President. The French will not forget he has also been a respected and recognized arbitrator may even boast of having the International Referee grade IWBF.
To Fabienne his wife, his daughter Pauline, his grandchildren, and Leonie Gabin, his family and relatives, the wheelchair basketball Federal Commission and the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF-Europe) family presents our sincere condolences