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# 4 - Kim Donkers - 1st base
BirthdateDecember 20, 1989
BirthplaceZoetermeer (Netherlands)
ResidenceKruisland (Netherlands)
StudyMarketing Communication at
Johan Cruijff College in Roosendaal
Height1,69 m
Weight65 kg
BatsLeft
ThrowsLeft
Position1st base


Dutch National TeamOctober 2009-January 2011
Games Dutch National Team0
Dutch National Junior Team2005-2008


ClubsBirds (Zoetermeer, 1996-2001)
UVV (Utrecht, 2002-2003)
Birds (Zoetermeer, 2004-2006)
Euro Stars (Capelle a/d IJssel, 2007-2010)
Gryphons (Rosmalen, 2011-current)
(Dutch Major League: 2006-2010; 2012-current)
...Tournaments Participated In...
with West Nederland Little League
2001 - Little League Eur. Region Championships (Den Haag, Netherlands)
Little League World Series (Portland, Oregon, USA)

with Utrecht/The Hague Little League
2002 - Little League European Region Tourn. (Kutno, Poland)
Little League World Series (Portland, Oregon, USA)

with WindMills Utrecht Little League
2003 - Little League Eur. Region Championships (Kutno, Poland)
Junior League World Series (Seattle, Washington, USA)
2004 - Junior League Eur. Region Championships (Kutno, Poland)
Junior League World Series (Seattle, Washington, USA)

with Birds
2005 - International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)
Apeldoorn Softball Series (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)
2006 - Apeldoorn Softball Series (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)

with Euro Stars
2007 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)
2009 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)
Holland Tour (Capelle a/d IJssel, Netherlands)
2010 - Intern. Jan de Wit Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)

with Terrasvogels
2010 - Cup Winners Cup (Haarlem, Netherlands) (pick-up player)

with Schiedam
2011 - International Indoor Cup (guest player) (Schiedam, Netherlands)

with Gryphons
2011 - Intern. Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Neth.)

2012 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)
2013 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)

with Royal Greys (Belgium)
2012 - European Cup (Enschede, Neth.) (pick-up player)

with Dutch Junior Softball Team
2005 - Kingdom Games (Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles)
2006 - International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)
2007 - World Championships Juniors (Enschede, Netherlands)
2008 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)
Apeldoorn Softball Series (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)
European Championships Juniors (Deggendorf, Germany)

with Dutch National Softball Team
2010 - International Indoor Cup (Team White) (Schiedam, Neth.)
Holland Tour (several sites, Netherlands)

...Awards...
2009 - Bep van Beijmerwerdt Trophy (most Promising Dutch Youthplayer)
Miscellaneous
When did you start with softball?When I was 6 years old!
Why did you start playing softball?Because my father and grandfather also always have played!
Therefore I was known with it and it is super fun sport to do!
What was your first club?Birds in Zoetermeer
Career HighlightsBecoming European Champion with the National Junior Team
Biggest blunderToo many to name one!
Which persons do you most admire?My parents
Which persons would you like to meet?Beyoncé and Chris Brown
Three people you would love to have dinner with?Derek Jeter, Chris Brown, Beyoncé
Dreamjob?Something I will do with pleasure!
From who did you learn the most?My parents
Biggest turn-off?Getting up early
Talent you wish you had?I have no idea. I'm happy with what I have!
PetsTwo dogs, Max & Mike and a cat, Speedy
Exotic pet you would like to have?An elephant
Hobbies or InterestsSoftball, hyven, doing fun things with friends
When you wouldn't have been involved in
softball, what other sport would you have done?
Tennis
What does the Olympic Games means to you?The highest level you can play on! A dream which is far away.
Why does softball has to return to the Olympics?Because it belongs there! And because it is played
everywhere worldwide and it is the highest level you ever can play.
Describe your playing styleI always try to get the best out of it! Never give up!
...My Favorite / Best...
MovieStomp the Yard
ActorColumbus Short
ActressJulia Roberts
TV ChannelRTL4, Net5
TV ShowGrey's Anatomy and Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden
TV Sports ShowSportjournaal and ESPN America
TV PersonalityCarlo Boszhard and Irene Moors
Radio ChannelRadio 538 and Q-Music
Radio ShowNone
Radio PersonalityEdwin Evers
Music GenreR&B, HipHop and Pop
Singer (male)Chris Brown
Singer (female)Beyoncé, Jordin Sparks
Group / Band etc.Boyz II Men
Song'Just Not You' by Cassius Henry and 'Radio' by Beyoncé
Vacation Spot / CountrySpain
FoodSpinach with fishsticks
DrinkCola
AnimalDog
NewspaperSpits
BookNone
MagazineNone
Internet SitesHyves and Facebook
Sport (besides softball)Tennis
Olympic Sport (besides softball)Tennis and Soccer
(Professional) Sports TeamPSV and Boston Red Sox
Athlete (male)Roger Federer
Athlete (female)Marianne Timmer
Softball PlayerJennie Finch
Career
2012 --- Back in the highest division, Kim plays in all 44 games for Gryphons, hits .312 (43-for-138) with five doubles and three triples and leads the team with 43 basehits, while collecting 16 runs batted in.
2011 --- On January 12, Kim is cut from the active roster --- In the regular season, Kim plays for Gryphons which captures the title in the 'Overgangsklasse' (second-highest league) and promotes to the big league.
2010 --- On January 9, Kim wins the Bep van Beijmerwerdt Trophy, which is handed out annually to the Most Promising Dutch Youth Player --- In January, Kim participates with the National squad (playing for Team White) in the International Indoor Cup in Schiedam (Netherlands) with her team finishing in third place --- On January 18, Kim is one of 21 players named to the preliminary roster for this years World Championships --- On May 16, Kim makes her debut in the Dutch National Softbal Team in the first game of the Holland Tour vs. the Dutch Men Softball Team at Oosterhout (Netherlands) --- On May 26, Kim is one of the three players who is cut for the final roster for the World Championship in Venezuela, but remains on the list as an alternate --- In August, Kim participates in the Cup Winners Cup Tournament in Haarlem (Netherlands) as a pick-up player with Terrasvogels --- In the regular season, Kim leads Euro Stars in hitting (.376), runs scored (19) and basehits (38) and has 10 runs batted in, playing in 32 games --- After completion of the season, Kim decides to transfer to Gryphons for the 2011 season --- On October 31, Kim is one of 24 players to be named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for the 2011 season.
2009 --- In the regular season, Kim plays in all 35 games for Euro Stars, hits .275 and leads her team with 21 runs scored, while hitting 30 basehits --- In October, Kim is one of eight players being invited to participate in the indoor practice sessions of the Dutch National Softball Team. On October 25, the players get a try-out and then Kim joins the team on November 1.
2008 --- This year, Kim is playing in the Dutch Junior Team, which wins the European title on the European Championships, being held in Germany --- In the regular season, Kim hits .290 (third best of her team), scores 11 runs, has 10 runs batted in and leads the team with 31 basehits.
2007 --- Kim is playing again in the Dutch Junior Team, which this year qualifies for the first time in history for the play-offs during the World Championships Juniors, which is held in Enschede (The Netherlands) --- In her first season with Euro Stars, Kim plays in 27 games, has eight basehits and scores six runs.
2006 --- While playing for Birds, Kim makes her debut in the Dutch Major League. She plays in nine games and hits 4-for-16 (.250).
2005 --- Kim makes her debut in the Dutch Junior Team and travels with it to Curaçao to participate in the Kingdom Games, the bi-annual sports event for young athletes from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
2001 --- Kim gets her first international experiences this year when she plays for the West Nederland Little League-team, with whom she participates in the European Region Championships and Little League World Series in the USA. Also playing in this team are twin-sisters Anne and Maaike Blaauwgeers.
Family
KIM is the daughter of Ab and Peggy Donkers and has one sister, Jill (who plays softball for Gryphons), and one brother, Mark (who plays soccer).

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