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Obituary Leo Moik

We have received with great sadness the news that Leo Moik passed away last week at the age of 79. Leo was truly one of the most important figures in the development of international minigolf sport and a father figure for many athletes and officials over the years. 

Leo not only gave minigolf sport its' current status in Austria during his four decades as the president of the Austrian Minigolf Federation ÖBGV, but he was also one of the founding members of IBGV, which was later renamed WMF, the organisation we all belong to today. Leo Moik was Sport Director and Chairman of the Technical Committee of the WMF for 17 years from 1988 - 2005. 

Our thoughts are with Leo’s family and especially his wife Trude, who was always at Leo’s side, working for minigolf and loving it through all the years. Leo, as well as his work and passion for minigolf will never be forgotten in our hearts.

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Dr. Gerhard Zimmermann
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Short recap of the elections during Delegates' Conference 2017

The official Minutes from the Delegates' Conference will be released in time, but here are the results of the elections and nominations:

Executive Committee:
President - Dr Gerhard Zimmermann (GER)
Secretary General - Silke Bernardi (GER)
Sport Director - Pasi Aho (FIN)
Finance Manager - Peter Joost Middag (NED)
Media Manager - Marion Homer (GBR)
Youth Officer - Sandra Walker (FIN)

By Statutes change the Youth Officer is now part of the Executive Committee. Together with the representatives of the 5 Continental Federation and the chairpersons of both the Athletes' Committee and Medical and Anti Doping Committee the Executive Committee has now 13 members.

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