Status: National June 30, 2006
Election began his sporting career as a swimmer. He was East German youth champion over 100m dolphin swimming and multiple Spartakiadesieger. When he joined the handball later, him the nickname " Potti ", a derivative of Pottwa ( h) l, was added.
He played in the DDR - Oberliga for the SC Empor Rostock, with whom he won three championships and seven fdgb DDR - cups. Internationally, he won in 1982 along with Empor Rostock the European Cup winners and the club championship. He was also four times top scorer in the league ( 1981/82, 1982/83, 1984/85 and 1985/ 86).
In 1990 he moved to the then second division SG Hameln, with which he ascended a year later in the Handball - Bundesliga. In June 1993, he ended his active career. As part of his farewell game between VfL Hameln and the German selection, he was appointed the first honorary captain of the German national team. Then he played for second division side TSG Altenhagen- Heepen and the TSG Emmerthal with which he rose from the Bezirksoberliga in the league within two years.
In total he played 344 matches ( including 313 for the GDR national team) and scored 1412 goals. He is the leading scorer in handball. For the German national team, he played after turning 31 other countries matches and scored 74 goals. His greatest successes came with the East German national team, with whom he at the World Cup ( World Cup ) in 1978 and the 1986 World Cup each finished third. At the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, he was with the team Olympic champion.
After his playing career, he was, among other things athletic director, then assistant coach under Alfreð Gíslason and after his release team manager ( coach without a coach ticket) of VfL Hameln. He took over VfL in the second division in January 1999, but was in the following season 1999/2000 laid off as championship leader despite a seven -point projection on the Second and replaced by Michael Biegler.
After that was living in Hessian Oldendorf choice when Oberliga Club HF Springe under contract, where his son Gordon played. After the change of his son and ausbleibendem sporting success choice was released just before Christmas 2007. For the 2008/2009 season, he initially told the HSG Extender Rinteln ( WSL league men), terminated the contract 14 days before the start of the season by SMS in order to predict the Oberliga TV 87 city Oldendorf can. This engagement ended March 17, 2009, election and the City TV Oldendorf (Table Ninth ) parted company by mutual consent.