On Wednesday 7 September, the Koloniënpaleis in Brussels hosted a splendid gala dinner on the occasion of the 40th Memorial Van Damme. The Memorial is a yearly athletics competition and part of the IAAF Diamond League. The event was hosted by Memorial organiser Wilfried Meert and former Miss Belgium Marlène de Wouters.
I was thrilled to be amongst the 150 guests that evening. The crème de la crème of athletics gathered together for a chocolate inspired dinner, sponsored by world famous chocolatier Galler. The menu was developed by chef Robrecht Wolters.
Sebastien Coe talked about his Memorial Van Damme experiences during an interesting speech.
The catwalk in the middle of the palace was conquered by female athletes, showing the designs of Elodie Ouedraogo’s collection of sporty chic clothing brand 4254 Sport.
An artwork showing the late Ivo Van Damme was auctioned later that evening for 4.500 euro.