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Teun Schut (1960-2022)

The entire Bowen Island community lost a warm, loving, talented and immensely popular figure with the passing of Teun Schut on Friday, April 15. He was a huge part of not only the Bowen soccer community but the local music community as well. On behalf of all those who were lucky enough to play with him and know him, the Club sends its deepest condolences to all his friends and family.

Teun was widely regarded as the finest soccer player to ever call Bowen Island home and he graced our soccer fields with his talent, energy, enthusiasm, laughter and smile. He played on several adult coed league teams and played for the BIFC men's team when it was part of the VMSL. The Bowen co-ed league's maximum of three-goals rule was often dubbed the "Teun rule" because he could score at will if he wanted to.

Teun played for the select masters team at UBC in the Over-40s, Over-45s, Over-50s, Over-55s and Over-58s Masters World Cup Events held at top UK and European venues from 2006 - 2022. Teun was known as “the flying dutch magician” and his brilliant goalscoring (including a famous goal to draw against FC Barcelona Over-50s in the Masters World Cup in Spain) led to 3 times Masters World Cup Team winners and 4 times Masters World Cup Team runners-up. A unique and much-loved player, Teun will be sadly missed by his former team mates (including Bowen Islanders: Harry Hubball, John Reid, Ian Radley, John Dumbrille), as well as the global masters World Cup football community – Teun’s talented and legendary contributions will be formally acknowledged in this year’s International (Over-60s) Super Masters 5-a-side World Cup Football Tournament in Zurich in May, 2022.

Teun was also an exceptional musician and was a regular on the Bowen music scene, often playing local gigs alongside the island's top talents as well as those from Vancouver. His music career took him across Europe including his native Holland. His album Half Full is available on Apple Music and Spotify.

To honour his life and his vast contributions to our community, BIFC will be observing a moment of silence at the start of all adult league games this week and a 1-minute round of applause at the beginning of the 50+ soccer night on Wednesday, April 20.

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