Referee Aad van Welzenes bio

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Born
1900-01-06
Intl. since
1941-01-01
Hometown
Rotterdam
Country
Netherlands
Speaks
Occupation
clerk / civil servant
Hobbies
 
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2012-01-16

Alfred Emiel Van Welzenes was a player for V.O.C. and Xerxes, an athlete (100 metres) and a referee, active between 1929 and 1947. He is also known for jumping off a bridge.

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He tells the story as if he just happened to walk past and couldn't help himself and jumped off the Willemsbrug into the river Maas. August 1932. It turned out it was a practice dive, because a week or so later (August 28th, Koninginnedag, a national holiday) he climbed the arches of the railway bridge lying next to the Willemsbrug. He had called the news (then called "Polygoon Journaal" which showed the news in cinemas before the feature film) and newspapers and wore all white so he could be clearly seen on camera.
Van Welzenes sat there for a while waiting for the boat that was supposed to pick him up. More and more people shouted jump so he did. It must have been a great dive, arms wide for a while, then straight into the water, 27 metres. Aad van Welzenes was also a good swimmer.


From our reporter: EPV