88th International Instructors Course - Oostende-Belgium November 22nd-24th, 2013
ITF-Belgium hosted the 88th International Instructors Course with the ITF Technical Committee, GM Hector Marano, GM Willem Jacob Bos and GM Kim Ung Lan.
It was the 3rd time an IIC was held in Belgium, the first time in Oostende, the biggest town at the belgian coast.
Registration started on Thursday November 21st. This was necessary, since there were 236 participants coming from 21 different countries. Amongst them 2 GrandMasters, GM Rolf Becking from Germany & GM Orello Ellis (UK), and 19 Masters.
On Friday and Saturday the course was organised in the "Royal Stables", a building with a history. It was built by a norvegian architect on demand of King Leopold II. Later it was the first basketbal arena used by the club of Oostende, playing in the First League.
Because of the big amount of participants the Technical Committee decided to have two "separate" IIC's, one for I° to III° degree, one for IV°degree and up. This was nice since this way all participants had the opportunity to see their whole program.
Friday evening 143 persons participated at the banquet.
On Saturday afternoon, after the classes of that day, there was the closing ceremony. Master Frank Vanberghen presented the GrandMasters paintings he had made especially for them. Also Master Christa Wintzer, 8th degree, was honoured. At the age of 70 she decided this was her last IIC.
Saturday evening at the top floor, the 9th floor, of hotel Ravelingen the organizers invited all GrandMasters and Masters for a nice dinner.
Sunday morning the venue was in Ravelingen, where most of the participants were staying. It was reserved for the Kids Development Program, conducted by Master Donato Nardizzi.
Meanwhile in the meeting rooms on the 4th floor there were a lot of gradings going on.
It was really an honour for the organizing committee to welcome all the participants to Oostende.
All pictures scan be found www.iicbelgium.be
Mrs Annick Van Driessche
President ITF Belgium