Victor Boin

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Victor Boin
Victor Boin 1922.jpg
Victor Boin in 1922
Personal information
Born 28 February 1886
Brussels, Belgium
Died 31 March 1974 (aged 88)
Brussels, Belgium
Sport Water polo, fencing, swimming

Victor Boin (28 February 1886 – 31 March 1974) was a Belgian freestyle swimmer, water polo player, and épée fencer who competed at the 1908, 1912 and 1920 Summer Olympics.


Boin was part of the Belgian water polo teams that finished second in 1908 and third in 1912. In 1908 he also participated in the 100 metre freestyle swimming competition, but was eliminated in the first round.[1]

As a fencer he finished fourth in the individual épée competition in 1912. In 1920 he was eliminated in the first round of the individual épée event, but won a silver medal in the team épée event.[1]

Boin delivering the first Olympic Oath, Antwerp, 1920.

Boin took the first ever Olympic Oath at the 1920 Games in Antwerp, where he was also the Belgium flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony. Later, between 1955 and 1965, he served as president of the Belgian Olympic Committee.[1][2]

Other activities[edit]

Boin was also active in ice skating, flying, ice hockey, and motorcycle racing. In 1903, aged 17, he founded the first Belgian ice hockey club and became its first president.[1][2]

Boin worked as a sports journalist, theater critic and sports official. In 1912 he founded the Belgian Professional Association of Sports Journalists, and headed it from 1923 to 1935.[2] In 1924 co-founded the International Sports Journalists’ Association; he served as its first vice-president, and later became its president.[1]

During World War I he joined the Belgian Air Force, eventually becoming the personal pilot of the Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Belgium.[1][2]

Boin has an art-deco style swimming pool named after him in rue Perche, St Gilles, Brussels. Page text.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Victor Boin.
  2. ^ a b c d Victor Boin : centipede sorcerer. Royal Belgian Ice Hockey Federation
  3. ^ St Gilles Commune website, retrieved 21 Sept 2013.

External links[edit]

  • Profile
  • IOC 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Wallechinsky, David and Jaime Loucky (2008). The Complete Book of the Olympics - 2008 Edition. London: Aurum Press, Limited. pp. 607, 1050.