IWBF are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of The Netherlands former head coach, Rob Verheuvel (pictured on the left).

Mr Verheuvel was awarded the IWBF Gold Medal Triad in 2004 for his contribution to the growth and development of wheelchair basketball on both the national and international stage.

He was coach of The Netherlands national team for 25 years, between 1972 and 2002, during which he won four silver medals from seven Paralympic Games and one gold in Barcelona in 1992.

Verheuvel has also been awarded the Nederlands Basketball Bond pin and has been named Member of Merit of the Dutch Basketball Association, for all his work within the sport. To emphasize the appreciation for everything he has done, the NBB named an award after him: the Rob Verheuvel Award, the first award was naturally awarded to Verheuvel in 2003, last year Joop Staarthof was the fifteenth winner of the prize.

The presentation of the Rob Verheuvel Award to Joop Staarthof in March of this year was the last time that Rob Verheuvel himself could present the award that had been named after him. Among others, Frank Berteling, Adri van der Merwe, Wim Steen, Edwin Wallaart and Gertjan van der Linden were handed the Award by Rob Verheuvel for their special achievements in wheelchair basketball.

Our thoughts are with his family & friends during this difficult time.

Image and information courtesy of Nederlandse Basketball Bond