DHB President Carola Morgenstern-Meyer was appointed Member of Honor of the EHF at the digital General Assembly of the European Hockey Association on Saturday. This was announced by EHF President Marijke Fleuren in an emotional speech after the Cologne native resigned after 16 years on the Executive Board of the EHF, including 10 years as Vice President. There will still be a German voice in the highest decision-making body in European hockey, because the Munich-based marketing specialist Gabriele Lemmle was elected as one of two new female members to the board by the delegates of the member states.
“It is a great honor that Gabriele was not only elected to office as an absolute newcomer on the EHF stage, but also received the most votes from the three applicants in the election as a female member of the board,” said Carola Morgenstern-Meyer . “That speaks totally for you and your personal performance before the General Assembly.”
Lemmle was elected to the Executive Board with Magdalena Nazaret from Poland. In addition, the Spaniard Marcos Hofmann, the Dutchman Peter Elders and the Belgian Patrick Keusters received the vote of the delegates for the committee. Previously, the Austrian Walter Kapounek had won the election for EHF Vice President against Hofmann. The Irish Inez Cooper was chosen as the new Vice President without opposing candidates.
Gabriele Lemmle was delighted with the delegates’ confidence in them: “I am grateful and happy that I was elected in the first ballot. Carola Morgenstern-Meyer leaves huge footsteps, as you could clearly see during the meeting, in which I would like to slowly grow into. My goal is to be able to contribute as much as possible to the further development of the European Hockey Federation through my professional experience, but also through my pragmatic and creative nature. I am looking forward to hopefully soon getting to know my colleagues from the individual countries personally and having a lively exchange. True to the motto: Together we are stronger! ”
For the outgoing EHF Vice President, it was a very moving moment to leave the European association after 16 intense years. President Marijke Fleuren, for whom the German had been a long-time companion, had – without the knowledge of Carola Morgenstern-Meyer – also invited her husband and children to the digital meeting for the laudation.