Sebastian Runge from Meerbusch was voted to be inducted into the International Shuffleboard Hall of Fame. He is the 3rd member of the German Shuffleboard Association to receive this honour.
There are a great number of good reasons for this vote. Sebastian Runge was able to finish as best German player in 6 World Championships (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014 & 2015). He furthermore is the only the German player to participate in all World Championships since 2006. Additionally, Sebastian received the “Merit-Award” for his outstanding contributions to the sport of Shuffleboard at the World Championship 2007.
Apart from his sporting success, his organizational skills and the strong readiness to help at events of the German Shuffleboard Association have to be highlighted as well. This became particularly apparent in the course of the Inaugural 2008 when International Shufflers from Brasil, Canada and USA spent one week on a trip in Germany and the Netherlands where Sebastian Runge took over the responsibility for the organization of the trip to the Cologne area. Furthermore, he was also strongly involved as part of the Organization Committee of the World Championship 2010 in Germany. In addition to that, his advice and opinion in terms of issues concerning creative design is always highly valued.
The honour and official ceremony will take place at this year’s “Hall of Fame Dinner” at the World Championship in Florida. Not only the accompanying members of his family, but also the members of the GSA who will represent Germany at the Team World Championship in the USA will be able to experience this honour live and are sure to applaud.
We congratulate Sebastian Runge for the induction into the Shuffleboard Hall of Fame! Article translated by Torben Hussmann; article sent along by Birgitt Hussmann with thanks to both. Stan McCormack. 2016 05 30
Sebastian’s Remarks on the Occassion of his Induction Into the ISA Hall of Fame.
Yes, dear shuffleboard friends, I’m so happy and I feel highly honored…
irSst and foremost that all of you are my Shuffleboard family since 10 years now; thank you so much!
In my first life I’ve been an untalented soccer player,
but now I’m a shuffleboard player, some of you will say:
But with this induction into the ISA Hall of Fame my dream come true!
Thank you… all of you who have selected me,
Dieter Hussmann who has presented me with such a warm laudatio
but most of all my outstanding wife Kerstin and my three children Selina, Marius and Freddy for their outright support.
Last but not least I have to mention my parents and especially my mother, who passed away when I started to play Shuffleboard in 2006. It’s due to her that my family is in the financial position to travel every year to the worldwide ISA tornaments. Thank you, Mom!
You all have given me the chance to live my passion, and I thank you all sincerely from the bottom of my heart.
Enough of sentimental words, I will come to an end:
Shuffleboard is more than the activity on the courts, Shuffleboard is getting together.
So let’s have fun tonight and may the drift always be with you!
FIRST ISA EVENT ATTENDED BY THE GERMAN CONTINGENT
Photo above is of the entire German Contingent on the occasion of their very first appearance at an ISA event, it was the 25th ISA, 2006, in Lakeside OH, USA. Yours truly had just presented the male players with a Shuffler Cap. Sebastian is trying his on.
Shuffleboard facts Re Sebastian Runge:
Sebastian is a regular shuffler in the International Scene. He has participated in every ISA event since the 25th ISA Anniversary event in Lakeside, OH in 2006.
2005 Founding member of the GSA (German Shuffleboard Association)
2006 Member of the UN Men’s Team at the Team WC (World Championship) in Lakeside/Ohio/USA (2 wins/12 games) Pic to your left is a much younger Sebastian seated beside an equally much younger Phil Hill.
2007 Member of the German Men’s Team at the Team WC in Midland/Ontario/Canada (11 wins/15 games); German Champion. Merit Award Presented in Midland; award presented to the Player who best demonstrates good sportsmanship combined with outstanding interpersonal relationships.
2008 Member of the German Men’s Team (3rd place) at the Team WC in Coolangatta/Gold Coast/Australia (9 wins/13 games); German Champion.
2009 Participant at the Singles WC in Betmar/Florida/USA (Rank 13); German vice-Champion
2010 Member of the German Men’s Team at the Team WC in Hohenroda/Hessen/Germany (8 wins/10 games)
Sebastian was ranked 2nd at the German Ranking and 13th at the World Ranking at time this fact sheet prepared.
Participant at the Singles WC in Dieppe, NB, finished in 8th place. Later in the same year, 2011, he became the German Masters Champion for the 3rd time. (click on pix to expand)
2012 Seattle, 31st ISA World Championship; won 7 of his 10 Games.
In December of 2011, Sebastian flew to Florida to participate in a 75 Point Florida State Tournament. He teamed up with none other than Stan Williamson.
All Shufflers are looking forward to the 32nd ISA World Championships where once again they can share their stories AND compete on the courts against one of Germany’s finest and most respected shufflers!!
Stan McCormack. 2013 08 27.