The coronavirus pandemic has left elite athletes with an empty sports calendar. How long this will last is anybody’s guess. Who are these elite sports students at the University of Groningen? How are they coping with the situation and how are they staying fit? Today, we are speaking to Ruth Vorsselman.
‘I’m Ruth Vorsselman, I’m 23 years old and I live in Kampen. I’m a Biomedical Engineering student, and I take part in canoe sprint. At primary school, we were able to try out various sports as part of a programme called “youth in action”. I chose canoeing and I was hooked from day one. Canoeing is a sport that requires you to use your whole body. Your abs and your legs are even more important than your arms, as this is what gives you the speed. It’s a great sport because you do it outside, on the water. I like water sports a lot. The aim of a race is to cover a certain distance as quickly as you can. I have already won the Dutch championship a number of times for competing in various distances in a single canoe, and I’ve taken part in several under-23 European and World Championships. My best achievement until now was coming fourth in the B-final of the 500 metres at the under-23 World Championships. I’m getting closer to the A-final every year!’
‘That’s not too difficult for me. I do an individual sport, so my training schedules are quite flexible and I can usually plan sessions around my lectures. If I’m really busy at uni, I sometimes skip training. I think I could do better in this respect.’
‘I’d love to compete in an A-final at the World Championships. I’m preparing for graduation at the moment and intend to start work soon, so I hope that I’ll be able to combine my job with canoeing.’
‘The worst part is that there are no competitions this year, and these are what you train towards. This was my last year competing in the under-23s, and I would have loved to reach an A-final. Luckily, I was able to keep training at the club throughout the coronavirus pandemic despite the changing rooms and showers being out of bounds. I can do my weight training at home and I’ve been running and mountain biking to help me to stay fit.’
Six professors nominated by the University of Groningen received royal decorations on Monday 26 April. Mayor K.F. Schuiling of the municipality of Groningen called the recipients by phone this morning to share the joyous news with them. Because the...
On 26 April, Maarten Loonen (Dongen, 1961) was appointed Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau. He is Associate Professor of Arctic Ecology at the Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen, and manager of the Netherlands Arctic Station on...
On 26 April, Erik Dietzenbacher (Brunssum, 1958) was appointed Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau. He is Professor of Interindustry Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen and a scientist of huge...
The UG website uses functional and anonymous analytics cookies. Please answer the question of whether or not you want to accept other cookies (such as tracking cookies).
If no choice is made, only basic cookies will be stored. More information