Addie Ophelders

On 5 May 2017, the ETBF Presidium was informed about the passing away of Peter Hutton from the Scottish Tenpin Bowling Association.

Peter was the founder of Bowling in Scotland.

His passing away is a great loss for the Scottish Bowling community and he will be deeply missed by all.

We wish his family a lot of strength to bare this loss.

May he rest in Peace!

From 20-24 April 2017 the ETBF President Addie Ophelders attended a Special Olympics Europe Eurasia (SO EE) Bowling Seminar, which was held in Malta. 20 representatives from 12 countries were present.

A partnership between SO EE and ETBF has existed since 2010. The partnership agreement was originally signed in Malta by the CEO of Special Olympics International, Mary Davis, and Addie Ophelders.

The partnership has been very successful, proven by six demonstrations from Special Olympic athletes during European and World Bowling Championships since 2010 and via visibility at this site.

The SO EE Bowling Seminar in Malta gave a great opportunity to prolong this very successful partnership, by a renewal of the agreement signed on 22 April 2017.

The signing of this Memorandum underlines how important Special Olympics are for us in ETBF. We promise to enlarge our cooperation and encourage all our national member federations in Europe to support the SO EE national programs in their countries.

On 21 March 2017, the ETBF Presidium was informed about the passing away of Rune Widell at the age of 86 years.

Rune Widell was a highly respected member of the ETBF Presidium for 25 years until he retired on 1 March 2010. Rune also had the position of Secretary General of WTBA for four years.

His passing away is a great loss for our bowling community in Europe and he will be deeply missed by all and especially by his friends in the Presidium.

We wish his wife and family a lot of strength to bare this loss.

May he rest in Peace.