Adri Zwaanswijk, born on February 29th 1928 and better known as Swan, played korfball since he was twelve and always played for the The Hague Korfball Club HKV, which later became HKV/Ons Eibernest. He was not only a korfballplayer and sportsman of stature, he indisputably was one of the best korfballcoaches of his time and gained international fame in his 16 year long role as the headcoach of Dutch national korfballteam.
He devoted his life to the international promotion and development of korfball and got international appreciation as korfball ambassador and promoter.
After ending his career as headcoach of the Dutch national korfballteam, Swan was rewarded his own foundation: Swan Fund. Partly thanks to Swan Fund, the number participating countries of the International Korfball Federation (IKF) was boosted from ten to nearly thirty.