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Harm Wiersma 4

Another Change for Harm Wiersma in 2001.

During the past twenty years or so, the Royal Dutch ‘Dambond’ or checkers federation of the Netherlands had sponsored Harm Wiersma as coach and trainer. However, over the years, there had evolved some differences of opinion between Wiersma and the KNDB concerning the role of a trainer/coach within the field of checkers. There was also the issue of funding for the coaching position within the KNDB, and monies paid out for this job came under scrutiny more frequently. As with everything in the 21st century the organization was trying to find ways to economize on expenses and so the focus turned to the position Harm Wiersma held within the auspices of the Dutch federation.
Ultimately, Wiersma and the KNDB decided that to part ways, though whether this will be a permanent arrangement only time will tell. Firstly, all parties must come to a consensus on the new structure for a modern training program that will lead to the creation of top level mind sport champions.

Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma in Politics

Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma in Politics.
During the summer of 2001, Harm Wiersma discovered a new interest outside of the checkers arena. This became an involvement in local politics. Several new parties had formed in surrounding towns and soon the Leefbaar Leeuwarden party had been created from the group Dolstra, mother of dammer Erwin Heslinga. Leefbaar Nederland established Pim Fortuyn as foreman and Wiersma became chairman of LL. Soon Fortuyn’s ideals were recognized as somewhat apart from LL and Pim Fortuyn broke with Leefbaar Nederland and created the LPF (List Pim Fortuyn) political party. Wiersma ran for a political post for Leefbaar Netherlands as an LPF and tried for the kamerlidmaatschap, wherein the sport portfolio appealed to him with his background in mind sports. This became more than just an expression of one’s casual political beliefs; this was a serious endeavor on Wiersma’s part.

His new interest was so strong and sincere that he consulted with the heads of the party about running as a candidate in the election for the sport portfolio in the Dutch House of Representatives. Harm Wiersma consulted with the board from the Boerenpartij or literally translated, Common Party, about becoming a candidate for the election. The current head stated that “Checker players are thinkers and he fits with us. Wiersma is not in the first ten candidates on the list, since he was nominated by our members, but has made himself a candidate, "commented BP Group Koekoek. Wiersma said that the philosophy of the Boerenpartij appealed to his own beliefs because it comes for the middle class.

In May 2002 Harm Wiersma was a Frisian who was elected as one of the 26 members of the LPF to the Lower House in the Dutch House of Representatives. Wiersma held office in Foreign Affairs dealing with the Third World and Eastern Europe, in Sports and in Social Affairs and Expenditures. Harm’s son, Joeri Wiersma, who studied government management and public administration at the Thorbecke Academy, worked as his personal assistant during Harm’s tenure in office.

As a result of his position in elected office, Harm Wiersma acknowledged that he would not be participating in forthcoming Netherland or European checkers championships because of the time commitment and busy schedule involved with his position as a member of parliament in the Dutch House of Representatives. He did still take the opportunity to be a guest speaker at different functions on different topics such as the nature of the mind sport called checkers.
Harm Wiersma 2002 Guest Speaker on Checkers Huizum Jeugdamclub (Checkers Youth Club)
Harm Wiersma 2002
Guest Speaker on Checkers
Huizum Jeugdamclub
(Checkers Youth Club)
Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma Speaker in Politics
Checkers Champion
Harm Wiersma
Speaker in Politics

However, despite his desire for public service, Harm Wiersma’s political career was troubled and short lived. He was strongly impressed with and influenced by the views of Pim Fortuyn. As an elected member of the List Pim Fortuyn party, his main concerns were the development of Eastern Europe and sports. His knowledge and experience suited his political position because the former checkers player had worked with East European companies. In fact, his business involvement with the Eastern block of countries resulted in his marriage to a Russian woman with whom he later had two daughters.

Harm Wiersma interviewed with son, Joeri

Harm Wiersma interviewed with son, Joeri,
Member of the House of Representatives, LPF in 2002.

Unfortunately, 2003 resulted in Wiersma’s departure from the House of Representatives because of difficulties within his municipality of Leeuwarden and the fact that the LPF lost some of its popularity. His past position within government politics, combined with the fact that he was a checkers player, led to the pun that Wiersma was a “Dutch politician with a checkered past.”

Since Harm was no longer in a working relationship with the KNDB, he joined the
board of the FMJD ~ the World Checkers/Draughts Federation and will use his skills within that organizing body for the benefit of the International checkers arena. However, Wiersma also moved back into the checkers circuit and participated in various competitions, simultaneous displays, and demonstrations within the checkers arena.

Checkers Champions Harm Wiersma & Alexander Georgiev Singing a song at Ufa 2004
Checkers Champions
Harm Wiersma
&
Alexander Georgiev
Singing a song at Ufa 2004
Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma at Valkenburg 2004 Simultaneous Play
Checkers Champion
Harm Wiersma at Valkenburg
2004
Simultaneous Play

2005

Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma in Varazze, Italy Harm Wiersma in Varazze, ItalyWorld Team Championship Teammates: Rob Clerc, Kees Thijssen, & Alexander Baljakin for Netherlands
Checkers Champion
Harm Wiersma in Varazze, Italy
World Team Championship Teammates:
Rob Clerc, Kees Thijssen,
& Alexander Baljakin
for Netherlands.
Checkers Champions Daniel Bof vs Harm Wiersma 5th in checkers tournament.
Checkers Champions
Daniel Bof
vs
Harm Wiersma
5th in checkers tournament.
Checkers Champions Alexander Georgiev vs Harm Wiersma Russia vs Netherlands, Varazze, Italy
Checkers Champions
Alexander Georgiev
vs Harm Wiersma
Russia vs Netherlands,
Varazze, Italy
Checkers Champions Harm Wiersma, Rob Clerc, & Ron Heusdens Blindfold Checkers Championship Schiedam, NL
Checkers Champions
Harm Wiersma, Rob Clerc,
& Ron Heusdens
Blindfold Checkers Championship Schiedam, NL

Dutch Championship, Culemborg 2006

Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma coaching Kees Thijssen
Checkers Champion
Harm Wiersma coaching
Kees Thijssen
Checking out the Checkerists
Checking out the Checkerists.
Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma with personal interpreter
Checkers Champion
Harm Wiersma with
personal interpreter.
Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma playing at the club
Checkers Champion
Harm Wiersma playing at the club.

2007

Checkers Champion Harm Wiersma & Mongolian Winners Checkers Championship September
Checkers Champion
Harm Wiersma
& Mongolian Winners
Checkers Championship September

Checkers Champions Joeri & Harm Wiersma
Checkers Champions Joeri
&
Harm Wiersma
Checkers Champions Harm Wiersma at Barnsteen Tournament
Checkers Champions
Harm Wiersma at
Barnsteen Tournament







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