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Historical view of the EPF Officials from 1977 to 2015

By Arnulf Wahlstrøm

EPF mile stones

Foundation

EPF was founded 14. May  1977 in Turku, Finland and the  first 10 years of its history, EPF’s responsibility  as organisation  mainly was to  direct the various European championships. IPF took care of the general “policy” of  the European powerlifting  as well as world wide. Most of this period  IPF and EPF had “common administration “ as  Vic Mercer from GB was president and Arnold Boström from  Sweden general  secretary in both federations.

Constitution and By-Laws

At the EPF Congress in 1987 an EPF Constitution and By-Laws prepared by  Vic Mercer, Heiner Köberich and John Moody was accepted  by the Congress delegates. This was a mile-stone in the history of EPF and from that year EPF had the power to structure European powerlifting to a strong and efficient sport under the umbrella of the IPF.

Vice  Presidents

Up to 1986 one EPF vice president from each member country was appointed at the yearly Congress. These vice presidents  had no “executive mandates” and were not appointed to take care of any practical duties for EPF. This changed in 1987 with the EPF Constitution. From 1988 only one EPF vice president was elected every 4 year being a member of the EPF Executive.

Two presidents died

Two of the past EPF presidents died under their presidency. Helge Stave from Norway acted as president only one and a half  year  before  he died in 1981 and Wouter v. d. Toorn  from the Netherlands was president for only 2 years when he died in 1989.

Soviet Union

A new dimension in European and World wide powerlifting was introduced when the former Soviet Union countries joined EPF and IPF starting from  about 1990. The process to opening up Eastern Europe started  in 1984 with Czecho-Slovakia and Poland. The Baltic Cup was promoted by EPF and organised from 1987  and  played an important part in recruiting new IPF and EPF member countries from Eastern Europe.


EPF Officials 1977 - 2015

The EPF Executive consists of the President, Vice President, General  Secretary, Treasurer, the Technical Committee Chairman and Law and Legislation Committee Chairman.

President

Year

Name

Country

Remarks

1977 - 1980

Jaakko Parviainen

Finland

 

1980 - 1981

Helge Stave

Norway

Died in December 1981

1982 - 1988

Vic Mercer

GB

Died 28 January 2007

1988 - 1990

Wouter v.d. Toorn

Netherlands

Died in January 1990

1990 -

Arnulf Wahlstrøm

Norway

 

 

Vice President

Year

Name

Country

Remarks

1977 - 1988

One from each  EPF member Nation

 

 

1988 - 1998

John Moody

GB

 

1999 - 2003

Klaus Broström

Denmark

 

2003 – 2007

Kalevi Sorsa

Finland

 

2007 - 2008

Myriam Busselot

Belgium

 

2008 - 2013

Ralph Farquharson

England

 

2013 - Sandro Rossi Italy

 

General Secretary

Year

Name

Country

Remarks

1977 - 1980

Wally Holland

GB

 

1980 - 1986

Arnold Boström

Sweden

 

1986 - 2003

Heiner Köberich

Germany

 

2003 - 2005

Ralph Farquharson

GB

 

2005 -2012

Dietmar Wolf

Norway

 

2013 - Ralph Farquharson GB (Spain)

 

Treasurer

Year

Name

Country

Remarks

1977 - 1986

Not elected

 

 

1986 - 2003

Heiner Köberich

Germany

 

2003 - 2005

Ralph Farquharson

GB

 

2005 - 2015

Alain Hammang

Luxembourg

 

2015 - Linda Hoeiland Norway

 

Technical com. Chairman

Year

Name

Country

Remarks

1977 - 1988

Not elected

 

 

1988 - 1998

John Moody

GB

 Chair

1999-  2007

Myriam Busselot

Belgium

 Chair

2007 - 2007

Joachim Lehmann

Germany

Withdrew after 2 months in office.

2007

2014

Myriam Busselot

Johnny Wiklund

Belgium

Sweden

Chair

Member

 

Law & Legisl. com. Chairman

Year

Name

Country

Remarks

1977 - 1988

Not elected

 

 

1988 - 1995

Davide Cantoni

Italy

 

1995 - 2003

Klaus Boström

Denmark

 

2003 - 2005

Dietmar Wolf

Norway

 

2005 - 2007

Kseniya Aloyeva

Ukraine

 

2007 - 2012

Sandro Rossi

Italy

 

2013 - Jari Rantapelkonen Finland

 

Finance com. Chairman  (changed to Auditor from 2007)

Year

Name

Country

Remarks

1977 - 1988

Not elected

 

 

1988 -  1992

Detlev Albrings

Germany

 

1992 - 1995

Fritz Seese

Germany

 

1995 - 1998

Detlev Albrings

Germany

 

1999 -
2009 - 2015

Pavol Müller
Marina Kail

Slovakia
Germany

2 persons in the Finance Com. from 2009

1999 -
2015
Pavol Müller
Thomas Högberg
Slovakia
Sweden

 

Disciplinary com. Chairman

Year

Name

Country

Remarks

1977 - 1988

Not elected

 

 

1988 - 1996

Fritz Seese

Germany

 

1996 -

Pavol Müller

Slovakia

 

 

Chairman of the Appeal Committee

Year

Name

Country

Remarks

2001 - 2003

Kalevi Sorsa

Finland

 

2003 - 2009

Detlev Albrings

Germany

 

2010 - Morten Novum Norway

 

Chairman of the Women’s Committee

Year

Name

Country

Remarks

2007 - 2008

Tone Ingebretsen

Norway

 

2008 - Maria Pia Moscianese Italy

 

Championship Secretary

Year

Name

Country

Remarks

2003 -

Jiri Hofirek

Czech Rep.

 

Record Registrar

Year

Name

Country

Remarks

1977 - 1980

Wally Holland

GB

 

1980 - 1986

Arnold Boström

Sweden

 

1986 - 1996

Daniel VanDeWalle

Belgium

 

1996 - 2008

Jari Tähtinen

Finland

 

2009 - Anatoliy Stetsenko Ukraine

 

Internet Officer

Year

Name

Country

Remarks

1995 - 2009

David Hinchley

GB

 

2009 - costra Agentur Ries GmbH Germany

 

Doping Control Officer

Year

Name

Country

Remarks

2003 -

Arnulf Wahlstrom

Norway

 

 

Media Officer

Year

Name

Country

Remarks

2007 - 2009

Anton Kraft

Denmark

 

2010 -   Ralph Farquharson GB

 

Facebook / Twitter Manager

Year

Name

Country

Remarks

2013

Louise Edwards

GB

 


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