Bernhard Baier

Bernhard Baier ( born August 12, 1912 in Hannover, † April 26, 2003 ) was a German water polo player and sports official.


With the water friends Hanover, he was four times German champion. At the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936, he won silver in the German water polo national team. With the national team, he was also second in the European Championship 1938. 1952 he was a member with 40 years of the German squad at the Olympic Games 1952.

From 1950 to 1960 he was President of the German Swimming Federation, after which he was appointed honorary president. 1950, Baier founding member of the German Sports Federation, its president, he served from 1950 to 1962. He also belonged to the Advisory Board of the former NOC Chefs Willi Tom Thumb and was until his death NOK member. From 1956 to 1964 he was member of the Presidium of the World Swimming Federation (FINA ).

Professional and Familial

The independent lawyer was from 1961 to 1965 and Vice President from 1973 to 1977 president of the administrative district of Hanover. From 5 July 1978 to 31 August 1982, he served as Secretary of State in the Lower Saxony Ministry of Interior.

Baier was in 1940 married to Gertrud Meyer ( 1914-1999 ), Team Olympic Champion in gymnastics in 1936.

His grave is located at the city cemetery Engesohde in Hanover.