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German Canoeing mourns the death of Günter Brümmer

German Canoeing mourns the death of Günter Brümmer 8.1.2020

Günter Brümmer, a legend of German and world canoe slalom, who was a German canoe slalom national coach for many years, passed away on January 1st at the age of 86.

Günter Brümmer has been heading the German national canoe slalom team for more than 30 years and has been the first full-time canoe slalom national coach of the German Canoe Federation. Although he was initially from Hamburg he spent many years in canoe slalom centre in Augsburg (from April 1970 to his retirement in 1997) and led numerous German canoe slalom athletes to great success in international arena. His athletes won more than fifty medals, including twenty World Championships gold medals and five Olympic medals.
Following the very successful chapter in German canoeing he did not stay retired for long and took on a challenge in 1998 and became a coach of Chinese national canoe slalom team who were in the process of building a team for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. For his work, he received an honorary professorship from the University of Wuhan, for his position as general advisor in canoe slalom in China. In 2011 he also received German cross of merit for his service to canoeing.
Before turning a successful coach Günter Brümmer competed in C2 and won silver medal for West Germany at the 1963 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Spittal.


We would like to express our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Günter, rest in peace.



Source and photo: https://www.kanu.de/Deutsher-Kanu-Verband-trauert-um-Guenter-Bruemmer-74240.html