AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - National Team Head Coach Craig Montvidas and players Saskia Kosterink (the Atlete Ambassador of the ISF for the BackSoftball campaign) and Rebecca Soumeru participated in a softball lecture at the Japanese School of Amsterdam on Wednesday-afternoon April 8.
The three were accompanied by Team Manager Paul Boonstra, Media Officer Marco Stoovelaar and Harumi Ueda of the KNBSB Head Office.
Also participating in the lecture was Taeko Utsugi, former coach of the Japanese National Softball Team and also attending was Mr. Satoshi Tanabe, The Accompaniment Director Europe of Nagase Kenko Ltd., who follows the international developments of the wellknown Kenko Ball.|
Taeko Utsugi is a wellknown sofball-coach with more than 20 years experience in coaching.
She was the Assistant Coach of the Japanese National Team during the Olympic Games of 1996 in Atlanta (USA) and also was a member of the coachingstaff of the national junior-squad during three World Junior Championships.
Hereafter, Ms. Utsugi was named Head Coach of the National Team and led the softball-team to the silver medal during the Olympic Games of 2000 in Sydney (Australia) and the bronze medal during the Olympic Games of 2004 in Athens (Greece).
She also led the team during three World Championships and three Asian Games.
In 2005, she was elected into the Hall of Fame of the International Softball Federation.
After retiring as Head Coach, Taeko Utsugi became an instructor. A few weeks ago (end of March), she conducted a two-day training course in Bangul (Gambia), organized by the Gambia National Softball Association, as well as conducting a training session in England.
Mr. Wakita, the Principal of the Japanese School of Amsterdam, welcomed the participants in the softball lecture and then Taeko Utsugi talked with the enthusiastic and interested students about softball.
After hitting grounders to some of the students, she was assisted by Saskia and Rebecca when she told about the several pitches a pitcher can use.
The Japanese School of Amsterdam is an elementary school which has 270 students (boys and girls) in an age range of six to 15 years old.
The school has 29 fulltime staffmembers.
Mr. Wakita, the Principal of the Japanese School of Amsterdam, welcomes the students
Taeko Utsugi, Craig Montvidas, Saskia Kosterink and Rebecca Soumeru are being introduced
More than 200 children attended the softball lecture
Former Japan National Team Coach Taeko Utsugi talks about softball with the children
Head Coach Craig Montvidas, Saskia Kosterink and Rebecca Soumeru look on
The students of the Japanese School of Amsterdam showed great interest
Head Coach Craig Montvidas, Saskia Kosterink, Rebecca Soumeru,
Team Manager Paul Boonstra and Satoshi Tanabe of Nagase Kenko Ltd.
watch how Taeko Utsugi talks to the children
Taeko Utsugi during a warming-up drill with some of the children
Rebecca Soumeru shows the different pitches in softball
Saskia Kosterink during a pitching drill
The children are enthusiastic onlookers during the pitching of Rebecca Soumeru
Saskia Kosterink and Rebecca Soumeru enjoyed their afternoon
at the Japanese School of Amsterdam
The students of the Japanese School of Amsterdam remained interested during the entire session
The participants in the softball lecture are thanked for coming to Amsterdam
At the end of the softball lecture, a group picture was taken of the students of the Japanese
School of Amsterdam with Japanese coach Taeko Utsugi, Mr. Satoshi Tanabe of Nagase Kenko,
Dutch players Saskia Kosterink and Rebecca Soumeru,
Dutch Head Coach Craig Montvidas and Team Manager Paul Boonstra
Dutch Head Coach Craig Montvidas, Japanese Coach Taeko Utsugi, Team Manager Paul Boonstra,
Satoshi Tanabe of Nagase Kenko Ltd., Rebecca Soumeru and Saskia Kosterink
Dutch Head Coach Craig Montvidas presents Mr. Wakita, the Principal of the Japanese School
of Amsterdam with a KNBSB-necktie after having lunch together