Deneumostier was born at 5:35 a.m.
September 13, 1955 in Han sur lesse, Belgium, a small Village well know for his
beautiful grotto and Natural Park near the town of Rochefort.
lived a quiet life coddled by his mother, father, five brothers and three
sisters. In 1965 at the age of 10
years old a tragic accident claimed the life of his mother and gravely injured
his two young brother and sister they were on the brink of life and death for
over 3 months.
father was very busy, with his enterprise of 30 employees and could not find
enough time, so the children were reared by their grandmother and different
children nurses. It was not the
idea situation for a little boy coming from three generations of
Hotel-Keeper-Restorer with a very strict father.
was told that he must learn the wheels of the family profession.
"It is the rule in this family - You need something you work for it.
You donít receive anything without working in the enterprise".
At the age 12 and for the next six years he
started to learn how to work in the kitchen, in the bar and in the dinning room.
He lived a very good school life but he missed his mother and the affection a
normal family life could bring. He
found it in different social activities such as helping the penniless,
non-profit associations and activities like the boyhood movement in town,
tourist information bureau and town politics for youngsters.
A good student, he studied accounting at
the college to please his father, but what he really wanted was to be involved
in sports. His Father did not
agree, he wanted his family to follow the professional tradition and continue
the enterprise. Willy did not agree
so at the age of majority, he started studying Physical education at the
University of Brussels.
found real pleasure in practicing all forms of sports - Soccer, Rugby,
Handball, Basketball, Cross-country, Athletics, Judo, Boxing and Power-lifting.
He did very well in all the disciplines, several times classifying in the
first three in the Belgiumís championship of athletics discipline.
As a member of the National University Team in Sports discipline, he
spent all his days and weeks involved in the top league of Soccer, Rugby,
Handball and Basketball. He finished his studies in 5 years. During the last year of his studies, during a soccer match he
very badly injured his right knee (double slit of crossed ligaments). Immobilized
for six months, he decided to follow a journalist's formation at the University.
his study years, he worked as a Docker during the holiday in Anvers at the
seaport and in a restaurant during the school year.
These five years have stayed unbelievable engraved in his mind as the 5
most beautiful years of his life. He
meet many high level sportsman and sports woman, traveled with different teams
and discovered what friendship, happiness and fair play meant in sports. This is probably why Willy does not stand for unfairness,
hypocrisy and bad authority.
In 1978, he rediscovered a childhood
girlfriend who had been in love with him for the past 10 years and he decided to
come back home to live with her. In 1979, they decided to get married.
Working in the family enterprise with his
wife, Willy did not feel this was right for him.
Not wanting any more conflict between himself and his father (they both
had very strong characters and did not work well together) he decided to take a
job with the Belgium National Railway Society as a platelayer.
He registered for all the test that he
could and within six months he passed his exams and became a Level 1 Station
Master, he was nominated to work in the big Jemelle Station (250 workers) near
Rochefort and he has been there for the past 21 years.
Having some spare time, he opened a
Restaurant (50 places) with his wife Jacqueline because she was bored in Eprave.
For the next 19 years they worked 15-hour days (8 at the railways-7 in
the restaurant) all while trying for a family.
Unfortunately, in 1982, during soccer match, Willy had received a ball
shouted at point blank in his lower abdomen.
This accident sent him to the hospital with internal hemorrhaging
Willy and Jacqueline wanted so much to
have a big family together, that they would not give up. They started contacting
different specialist hoping that through medical break through they would find a
way to have the children they always dreamed of. In 1992 through their Doctor they heard of a new method
developed in Belgium - the Fecundating Method.
After 10 years of trying every method in existence they had new hope once
again.. For two years they tried
this method without result but progress was being made in this field everyday
and they tried once more.
On November 13th, 1995 after
two miscarriages in 3 years their Hell turned to Paradise. A son was born, he
measured 52 centimeters and weighed in at 2.955 kg, then February 21, 1997 his
little sister Jane was born and Faith shined once more when on January 13th,
1999 the twins Alice and Celia blessed the Deneumostier Family.
Four babies in 3 years, life was now
complete. He can never thank his
wife enough for her courage, her support and her love during all those years of
difficulty. She is the only reason
why Willy is always optimistic and truly believes in life.
There is no problem that does not have a solution.
He feels you must always believe in the beauty of live.
Try to do your best and you will be rewarded.
This is why he believes in the power of human beings finding new
techniques, progress and reconciliation.
The World grows with the Spirit of Family, Love, Happiness and
Friendship, not with hate, personal interest and egotistic behavior.
After seeing the film Over the Top with
Sylvester Stallone in 1991, Willy organized his first tournament in his
hometown. After seeing the Paris
Bercy Armwrestling Show he realized that he was not the only person who had
fallen in love with this sport and in 1992 along with his friend Jean-Marie
Lavaux (still President) he founded the Belgium Armwrestling Association.
They decide that their only goal would be
to promote armwrestling to be recognized as a real sport.
Along with 12 Belgium competitors Willy attended the 1992 World
Armwrestling Championships in Geneva Switzerland where he met armwrestlers who
were just as passionate as he was with this new found sport of Armwrestling.
Willy was Vice-President of the Belgium
Armwrestling Association for 3 years and President from 1995 to 2000 when he
decided to let the younger generations continue his work and handed over his
duties to Kathy DefÍche - 5 time top 3 Champion at the World Level.
In 1992 Willy and Jean-Marie held their
first International Belgium Championships with 4 countries present.
It has become one of Europe's most prestigious events with more than 200
competitors from over 15 different countries attending each year.
The top 3 winners of this event have gone on to be World and Continental
Champions in their weight class.
To help work towards EAF unification Willy
and his team have agreed to let their friend Petra Spatz, German President hold
the 2003 European Championships on the date usually reserved for the Belgium
Willy's armwrestling accomplishments have
been many - he has taken a 4th in 1996, 2nd in 1998 and 1st
in 1999 at the Worlds Master Division in the 100-kg class.
He has taken a 4th in 1996, 3rd in 1997, 2nd
in 1998, 1st in 2000 and 2nd in 2001 at the European
Championships Master Division. He is also a 7 times Belgium Champion. He has not been training much since 1999 being busy with his
children and official responsibilities for the EAF and World Federations.
He became WAF's Interim General Secretary in
1998 and was elected by a majority 29 Country vote in 2002.
Since 1998 he has been Director of International Relationship for the
EAF. He is the Foundation of both
organizations and assures that the Constitution and Rules and Regulations are
kept and followed around the World. Along
with his team he has successfully controlled the Registration, Weigh-ins and
scorekeeping for the World Championships since 1998.
If you look for one word that would best
describe Willy no one would dispute it to be "Passionate".
Passionate about his work, Passionate about the people he works with but
most importantly he is Passionate about the Sport and its Sportsman, wanting
only to improve the quality of each event, working hard for reunification and
striving for Sports recognition.
His quality of friendship, justice and
organization is very precious to anyone who works with him.
His purpose is to serve the Armwrestlers.
He is sometime inflexible & stubborn but it is always in the best
interest of the sport. He is incorruptible and believes that discipline in
following the rules is the only way to be recognized by the Official Institutes.
Huge strides have been made in the last 5
years in the World of Armwrestling, under the guidance and dedication of Willy
Deneumostier and Fred Roy. They continue to invest their time and energy because
they believe in continuing the Dream of Sport and Olympic recognition.
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