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Roger Lonnoy (19...-1977)
Fri 28 Oct '22 Not only teacher at Berchem Deaf School but also .... sign language interpreter !
Roger Lonnoy (hearing son of Auguste Lonnoy, director deaf institute Sint-Agatha-Berchem); and professor of the aforementioned institute, who became acquainted with Antoine Dresse in 1944; was already the great coordinator of the Federation's silver jubilee in 1947 and he would play a also very big role in the years to come for Deaf sports both nationally and internationally.

A basketball coach at the institute, he also wrote a dissertation ""Sports, as a social role among the deaf and dumb" which won praise from the Health Ministry and the sports press. He was the designer of the magazine "Le Sourd-Muet Sportif - The Deaf-Mute Sportsman" from 1947 to 1955 as well as secretary and interpreter of the Federation.

The collaboration between Roger Lonnoy and Antoine Dresse was decisive for Belgium's candidature to organise the 7th Silent Games in 1953.  The impact of these Games probably gave rise to the idea of hearing leaders from the medical world to create a sports movement for the disabled in 1954. This movement saw the emergence of a federation for the disabled in 1960. Secretary-interpreter Roger Lonnoy was appointed a member of the Pedagogical Commission of the Belgian Olympic Committee (B.O.C. - now B.O.I.C. - Belgian Olympic Interfederal Committee) in 1955 and has been our sole representative within the aforementioned Management Committee until today.

For many years, Roger was also the bridge to the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) for the C.I.S.S. as the right hand man of Antoine Dresse who was secretary general. Thanks to Roger, Belgium played a very important role in international deaf sport.

After 25 years of teaching, Roger Lonnoy became director of the Institute for the Deaf in Berchem
Sainte Agathe in 1966 until his retirement in 1973.

In 1973, after 18 years of service at C.I.S.S., he was appointed honorary member and died in 1977.

Thanks to Roger's connections, our federation was able to take advantage of the trip to participate in the Silent Games (now World Games for the Deaf) with the army plane from Melsbroek for many years from 1957 to 1977 just before his death.

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