Victor Boin : centipede sorcerer

Victor Boin was born on February 28th, 1886 in Brussels as the son of a Walloon mother and a Flemish father. At the age of 17, on December 17th, 1903, he founded de very first ice hockey club in Belgium "La Féderation des Patineurs de Belgique" - The Federation of Belgian Skaters. He became the first President. He co-founded the second Belgian club "Cercle des Patineurs de Bruxelles" - Circle of Brussels Skaters. The beginning of an impressive career:

* 1899 (at the age of 11) he rescued a mother and child of drowning in Ostend.
* 1903 received his first Press license
* 1912 founded the first Press union for Sport journalists and became its President from 1923 till 1935
* Reported as a volunteer during WWI and in 1916 got his pilot's license
* On July 5th, 1918 he flew Queen Elisabeth of Belgium across the channel (first woman ever)
* On August 11, 1918 he bombed a German U boat, sinking it.
* Co-founder of the International Sports association (AIPS). It's President from 1932 till 1956
* First radio reporter of the Berlin Olympics of 1936
* Founder of several youth and music associations
* President of the Belgian Olympic Committee from 1955 till 1965
* President of the Sport Federation for the handicapped
* Recipient of dozens of national and international awards
* Died March 31, 1974

Impressive sports career

* 1899 Second in the Belgian Junior Championship Swimming
* 1899 Second in the Belgian Junior Championship Foil Fencing
* 1903 Ice hockey player in FPD
* 1904 Belgian Champion Speed Skating in Brussels
European Champion Speed Skating in Davos (CH)
* 1905 Ice hockey player in CPD
* 1907 Belgian Champion Jiu-Jitsu
* Etc . . . etc

Olympic career

* Participated in 4 Olympics

* 1908 London Silver medal in water polo
* 1912 Stockholm Silver in sword fencing
Bronze in water polo
* 1920 Antwerp Silver in sword fencing
* 1924 Paris Silver in sword fencing

Victor Boin was the first athlete ever to take the Olympic oath at the start of the Antwerp games in 1920 and was the Belgium Standard - bearer at the Paris Olympic Games of 1924.

" In the name of all competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules that govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams."

Posted on September 1, 2013 at 02:31 by OVB