Welten wants hockeysters in tow to take in the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in their own country
After saying goodbye to Maartje Paumen, Naomi van As and Ellen Hoog long the Dutch vrouwenhockeyploeg to new figureheads. Lidewij Welten is one of the players that is deemed to be the baton of the three to take over, and the 27-year-old aanvalster is also of the opinion that they first must walk.
Orange underwent after silver at the Olympic Games last year in Rio de Janeiro a true metamorphosis. Through the elimination of Paumen, Ash and High, and the streams of young talent decreased the average age significantly. It was also for Welten all some getting used to in the beginning, but the aanvalster soon saw the challenge of it.
“My role was in one fell swoop became more serious,” said the 155-fold international in interview with NUsport during a press conference prior to the european CHAMPIONSHIPS that Friday starts in Amstelveen.
“There I could not ignore it. But I find that fun. It makes it for me also interesting. I need to now more of me to be heard. That does not mean that I constantly stand up to walk to shout on the field. Also, I can just get my stick to speak.”
Welten, olympic champion of 2008 and 2012, also wanted in the run-up to the European title of value added are, for her less experienced teammates.
“We play a tournament in their own country. That is, of course, not just anything. I can that youngsters to prepare. That role will always be to me appropriate, I tell love stories. Share experience, I always find fun.”
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Welten is tried and tested in the hockeywereld. She made since her interlanddebuut in 2008. Olympic gold, world CHAMPIONSHIP gold, european CHAMPIONSHIPS-gold: it is all in the trophy case of the born and raised in Eindhoven. “But the hunger for titles is still present,” she emphasizes.
“Indeed, I won everything there is to win, but I also have quite a few lost. Now my new role is my challenge. If I really not challenging see and have the idea that I can’t grow, then it would be for me to be ready. But that idea, I really have not. I have the idea that I was even better.”
That should Welten than to start Friday night when the Netherlands at 20: 00 h the european CHAMPIONSHIPS, will open against Spain. That the musician, van Den Bosch the first groepsduel would get was no zekerheidje. She has only just recovered from a long-term foot injury.
“I go very relaxed the EK in. I have confidence in my foot. I have confidence in all the girls. And then we see it by yourself.”
“I don’t feel any extra pressure. The girls have me very well performed during the semi-finals of the Hockey World League, so it is not that will all of me should go hang out.”
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Welten does not agree that Orange are the top favourites for the European title. “I think people will quickly say, but if you have a very realistic look, England is perhaps the number one favourite, because they are olympic and European champion.”
“They have the last two titeltoernooien won so I think that they only need to be shown. But it will not happen that I a final of the England loss. I really want them to win and this team is gold.”
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