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# 4 - Annemiek van Riessen - 1st base
BirthdateJune 24, 1985
BirthplaceIJmuiden (Netherlands)
ResidenceVelsen-Noord (Netherlands)
OccupationTeacher Physical Education
Regional worker adjusted sports
Height1,76 m
Weight75 kg
Position1st base

Dutch National TeamFeb.-June 2005; December 2008-May 2009
Games Dutch National Team0
Dutch National Junior Team2002-2004

ClubsOnze Gezellen (Haarlem, 2002; 2011)
Terrasvogels (Santpoort, 2003; 2006-2010)
DSC '74 (Haarlem, 2004-2005)
(Dutch Major League: 2002-2010)
...Tournaments Participated In...
with Onze Gezellen
2001 - International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)

with Terrasvogels
European Cup
2008 (Prague, Czech Republic)
Cup Winners Cup
2003 (Valencia, Spain), 2006 (Caronno Pertusella, Italy),
2007 (Prague, Czech Republic), 2009 (Parma, Italy), 2010 (Haarlem, Neth.)
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 (Enschede, Netherlands)
International Indoor Cup
2007 (Schiedam, Netherlands)

with DSC '74
2004 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)
International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)
European Cup (Viladecans, Spain)
2005 - CupWinners Cup (Haarlem, Netherlands)

with Dutch Junior Softball Team
2002 - European Championship Juniors (Chocen, Czech Republic)
2003 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)
Kingdom Games (Aruba)
World Championship Juniors (Nanjing, China)
2004 - European Championship Juniors (Le Thillay/Roissy, France)

with Dutch National Softball Team
2009 - Holland Tour (several sites, Netherlands)

with Former Nationals
2009 - Holland Tour (Zoetermeer, Netherlands)

When did you start with softball?When I was 11 years old, in 1996
Why did you start playing softball?My brother played baseball with Onze Gezellen and I liked
that more than the sport I played back then, tennis
What was your first club?Onze Gezellen in Haarlem
Accomplishments / HighlightsGetting my ALO diploma; Winning European title with Dutch Juniors
Biggest blunderThat are muuuuch to many
Which persons do you most admire?People who have to work hard to reach what they want to reach
in their lives and in doing so always think of others first
instead of their own happiness
Which persons would you like to meet?Nice, fun people who can be an addition or supplement in your life
Three people you would love to have dinner with?I keep this answer for myself...
Dreamjob?Event Manager for a big national/international commercial organisation
From who did you learn the most?From my grandmother, who raised me as mother
Biggest turn-off?Injustice; saying goodbye to people who are important for me
Talent you wish you had?I would like to have more patience
PetsNone, even taking care of my plants isn't one of my best qualities
Exotic pet you would like to have?Kangaroo
Hobbies or InterestsSports, shopping and doing fun things with boy/girl friends and family
When you wouldn't have been involved in
softball, what other sport would you have done?
Basketball, tennis
What does the Olympic Games means to you?The highest reachable where every athlete dreams of and
sometimes hopes to be part of
Why does softball has to return to the Olympics?Because softball is a versatile and beautiful sport,
which surely belongs to the Olympic Games
Describe your playing styleAgressive, determined, transgressing and taking risks
...My Favorite / Best...
ActorBrad Pitt, Tom Cruise
ActressJulia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston
TV ChannelRTL4, SBS6, Veronica, RTL8
TV ShowAs The World Turns, So You Think You Can Dance, Friends
TV Sports ShowNOS Studio Sport, Holland Sport
TV Personality
Radio ChannelRadio 538, Sky Radio
Radio ShowEvers staat op on Radio 538
Radio PersonalityEdwin Evers
Music GenreHip-hop, R&B, Pop music
Singer (male)Marco Borsato, Guus Meeuwis, Robbie Williams
Singer (female)Do, Céline Dion, Anouk, Ilse de Lange, Alanis Morissette
Group / Band etc.Di-Rect, Destiny's Child
Song'Dochters' and 'Afscheid nemen bestaat niet' by Marco Borsato;
'Angel by my side' by Do
Vacation Spot / CountryAruba, France, Austria
DrinkTea, water, wine, safari cola, pasoa jus
AnimalDogs, dolphins, monkeys
NewspaperNu.nl, Haarlems Dagblad
BookI have much too less patience to read
MagazineFlair, Yes, housing magazines
Internet SitesHyves, Facebook, Skype
Sport (besides softball)Basketball, tennis
Olympic Sport (besides softball)Basketball, yachting, hockey, judo and swimming
(Professional) Sports TeamPSV
Athlete (male)Sven Kramer
Athlete (female)Anni Friesinger, Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel, Esther Vergeer
Softball PlayerJennie Finch, Jessica Mendoza
2012 --- This season, Annemiek again plays in some games for Onze Gezellen.
2011 --- After initially announcing that she will return this season to play for Terrasvogels again, Annemiek announces her retirement early in the year --- During the season, however, she does play a few games for her former clubteam Onze Gezellen in the second-highest division.
2010 --- In July, Annemiek comes out of retirement and rejoins Terrasvogels to play in five regular season-games. She hits .400 (6-for-15) and has three RBI's --- In August, Annemiek participates in the Cup Winners Cup Tournament in Haarlem (Netherlands) with Terrasvogels --- After completion of the season, Annemiek announces she will return to play again for Terrasvogels in 2011.
2009 --- After being a member of the preliminary team in 2005, Annemiek makes her debut in the Dutch National Team four years later on May 3, in the opening game of the Holland Tour vs. Euro Stars. She is 1-for-4 (a double), scores once and has two RBI's --- On May 6, Annemiek is 2-for-2, scores once and has two RBI's in the first game against the Dutch Juniors --- On May 10, she is 2-for-4 with two Runs Batted In in the opening game vs. Centrals --- Annemiek goes 2-for-3 and scores twice in the second game vs. the Dutch Juniors on May 20 --- On May 27, Annemiek is one of the five players who is cut for the final roster for the Dutch National Team, she decides not to be an alternate --- In August, Annemiek participates with Terrasvogels in the CupWinners Cup-tournament (her seventh European Cup-event) in Parma (Italy), which is won by her team for the first time in six years --- In the regular season, Annemiek hits .270, scores seven runs and has eight runs batted in --- After completion of the season, Annemiek announces her retirement, as she is expecting her first child.
2008 --- On December 11, Annemiek is one of 28 players being named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Team for 2009 and is invited to start practice in January --- In her regular season with Terrasvogels, Annemiek bats .404, but she misses several games due to an injury --- She recovers in time to participate with the team in the European Cup-tournament in Prague (Czech Republic).
2007 --- In the regular season, Annemiek again hits well above .300, finishing with a .367 average with 33 basehits, including her first big league-homerun.
2006 --- In her comeback-season with Terrasvogels, Annemiek hits a career high .402, scores 15 runs, has 23 RBI's and registers 35 basehits.
2005 --- On February 10, Annemiek is one of seven pitchers to be named to the preliminary roster (32 players) of the Dutch National Team, but she doesn't makes the final team, which later in the year participates in the Canada Cup --- In the regular season, she plays in 32 games, but none of them as a pitcher. She raises her batting average to .299 and has 26 basehits --- After the season, Annemiek returns to Terrasvogels.
2004 --- In France, Annemiek is a member of the Dutch Junior Team, which captures the European title --- In the regular season, her first with DSC '74, Annemiek bats .250, playing in 25 games --- In this season, she starts to play more at first base, as she appears in only two games as a pitcher.
2003 --- With the National Junior Squad, Annemiek travels to Aruba and China for the Kingdom Games and World Championships --- In her first season with Terrasvogels, Annemiek plays in only three games --- After the season, she moves to DSC '74.
2002 --- This year, Annemiek makes her international debut as a player for the Dutch National Junior Team, participating in the European Championships in Chocen (Czech Republic) --- Playing for Onze Gezellen, Annemiek also makes her debut in the Dutch Major League, appearing in 35 games and collecting 24 basehits. As a pitcher, she throws in 17 games, wins three and strikes out 20 batters --- After the season, she decides to play for Terrasvogels.
ANNEMIEK is the daughter of Hans van Riessen and has one brother, Bas, who played baseball in the past, but currently plays basketball with Akrides after having played two seasons for Omniworld in the highest Dutch basketball-league (eredivisie).
Annemiek's boyfriend is Stephan Koehorst, who plays baseball in the main squad of Olympia Haarlem.

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