The 2012 Badminton Europe Annual Delegates’ Meeting (ADM) was held in Karlskrona, Sweden on Saturday 21 April. The ADM is an opportunity for Badminton Europe’s Member Associations to meet each other, discuss and decide on matters concerning the Confederation. Vice President Joao Matos (Portugal), Ritchie Campbell (Scotland), Director for Finances and Gregory Verpoorten (Belgium), Director for Development, were re-elected and Lawrence Chew (Switzerland) was elected as new Director for Administration.
30 Member Associations were present in Karlskrona
30 Member Associations of Badminton Europe attended the 2012 ADM at the Marinemuseum in Karlskrona. While Vice President Joao Matos (Portugal), Director for Development, Gregory Verpoorten (Belgium) and Director for Finances, Ritchie Campbell (Scotland) were re-elected for their positions, Lawrence Chew (Switzerland) was elected as new Director for Administration. Chew took over the position from Andrej Pohar (Slovenia) as he stepped down and didn't stand for re-election. President Poul-Erik Høyer thanked him for serving BEC as a Councilor for five years and giving a big contribution to BEC.
The meeting approved changes to the Confederation’s rules and regulations and accepted the budget for 2012 and financial forecasts for 2013 and 2014. Furthermore the Strategic Plan was approved by the meeting. The introduction of the U15 European Championships was approved as well as the new format of the European Mixed Team Championships.
BEC President’s award was given to Mr. Frank Wilson (England) for his long-time contribution to European badminton. Wilson was for the last twenty years of the 20th century a very active and useful Council and Committee member of the European Badminton Union, EBU, as BEC was known in those days.
Mr. Stellan Mohlin (Sweden) was elected as Honorary Vice-President of Badminton Europe. Mohlin was on 24th September 1967 in Frankfurt one of the founding fathers of EBU (today BEC) and on that day he was elected to the three man Executive Committee in charge of the Union. Stellan was elected Vice-President in 1968 and from 1969 to 1977 he served as a dynamic an innovative President of the young European Badminton Union.
Cheryl Evans (Ireland) and Johanna Persson (Sweden) were awarded with the Woman in Badminton Award. Both are running two innovative projects to develop badminton in their countries.
The Council of Badminton Europe is now composed of the following ten people:
President: Poul-Erik Høyer (Denmark)
Vice-President: Hans Lenkert (Sweden)
Vice-President: João Matos (Portugal)
Vice-President: Alberto Miglietta (Italy)
Director for Administration: Lawrence Chew (Switzerland)
Director for Communication: Corina Dan (Romania)
Director for Development: Gregory Verpoorten (Belgium)
Director for Finance: Ritchie Campbell (Scotland)
Director for Marketing: Kevin Scott (England)
Director for Sport: Peter Tarcala (Slovakia)