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# 7 - Kim Kluijskens - 1st base
BirthdateJune 9, 1984
BirthplaceIJmuiden (Netherlands)
ResidenceHaarlem (Netherlands)
OccupationAdministrative work
Height1,66 m
Weight75 kg
BatsLeft
ThrowsLeft
Position1st base


Dutch National Team2001-2003; 2007-January 2009
Games Dutch National Team89
Dutch National Junior Team2000


ClubsDe Pino's (IJmuiden)
Kinheim (Haarlem)
Sparks Haarlem (Haarlem, 2001-2010)
(Dutch Major League: 2001-2010)
...Tournaments Participated In...

with Sparks Haarlem
European Cup
2002 (Macerata, Italy), 2003 (Forlì, Italy), 2004 (Viladecans, Spain)
2005 (Macerata, Italy), 2006 (Bollate, Italy), 2007 (Haarlem, Neth.)
CupWinners Cup
2001 (Ronchi Dei Legionari, Italy), 2008 (Bollate, Italy),
2009 (Parma, Italy), 2010 (Haarlem, Netherlands)
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 (Enschede, Netherlands)
2010 - Intern. Jan de Wit Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)

with Dutch Junior Softball Team
2000 - European Championships Juniors (Enschede, Netherlands)

with Dutch National Softball Team
2001 - Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
Three Nations Cup (Canada)
European Championships (Prague, Czech Republic)
2002 - International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
World Championships (Saskatoon, Canada)
2003 - Hillenbrand Invitational Tournament (Tempe, Arizona, USA)
International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Macerata/Cupramontana, Italy)
European Championships (Caronno Pertusella/Saronno, Italy)
2007 - Australia Test Series (Enschede/Oosterhout/Haarlem, Netherlands)
European Championships (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Ronchi/Castions/Staranzano, Italy)
2008 - American Tour I (California/Hawaii, USA)
American (NPF) Tour II (Pennsylvania/Illinois/Ohio, USA)
Holland Tour (Santpoort/Groningen/Oldenzaal, Netherlands)
Tri-Nation Exhibition Series (Sendai, Japan)
Olympic Games (Beijing, China)

...Awards...
2001 - Egbert van der Sluis Memorial Trophy (Best Dutch International under 23)
Most Talented Player City of Haarlem
2004 - Best Hitter, European Cup
2005 - Most Valuable Player, Dutch Major League
2006 - Most Valuable Player, Dutch Major League
Best Hitter, Dutch Major League
Female Athlete of the Year City of Haarlem
2008 - Nomination MVP, Dutch Major League
2010 - Most Valuable Player, Dutch Major League
Miscellaneous
When did you start with softball?When I was 3 or 4 years old
Why did you start playing softball?Because my parents both were both active in the softball-world
What was your first club?De Pino's in IJmuiden
Career HighlightsTwo time MVP, Best Hitter, Best International under 23
Biggest AccomplishmentsWinning the Olympic Qualifier; winning against the USA during the Canada Cup;
Becoming Dutch champion
Biggest blunderEh,
Which persons do you most admire?Ilonka and my parents
Which persons would you like to meet?Angelina Jolie
Three people you would love to have dinner with?Paul de Leeuw, André Hazes, Frans Bauer
Dreamjob?Having no job
From who did you learn the most?My own experiences
Biggest turn-off?Wrong doing
Talent you wish you had?Singing
PetsDog named Joy and cats named Joris, Patsy Mae and Nikita
Exotic pet you would like to have?None
Hobbies or InterestsSoccer
When you wouldn't have been involved in
softball, what other sport would you have done?
Soccer
What does the Olympic Games means to you?My dream
Why does softball has to return to the Olympics?Just because it has to be in it
Describe your playing styleRelaxed
...My Favorite / Best...
MovieRemember the Titans, Nemo
ActorDenzel Washington
ActressAngelina Jolie
TV ChannelRTL 4, 5 and 7
TV ShowDe Gouden Kooi, Will & Grace
TV Sports ShowNOS Studio Sport and all shows with soccer
TV PersonalityKatja Schuurman
Radio ChannelRadio 538
Radio ShowEvers staat op (Radio 538)
Radio PersonalityEdwin Evers
Music GenreDutch-language, Oldies
Singer (male)Jan Smit, André Hazes, Barry White
Singer (female)Whitney Houston, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Tina Turner
Group / Band etc.?
Song'Nu dat jij er bent' by Trijntje Oosterhuis
'De zee' by Trijntje Oosterhuis
Vacation Spot / CountryAs long as it isn't too far
FoodPasta
DrinkRanja
AnimalDogs and cats
NewspaperHaarlems Dagblad, De Telegraaf
BookI don't read books
MagazineZij Aan Zij
Internet Siteswww.telegraaf.nl, www.goudenkooi.tv, www.hyves.nl
Sport (besides softball)Soccer
Olympic Sport (besides softball)Soccer, Baseball, Hockey
(Professional) Sports TeamTVM Skating Team
Athlete (male)Rafael Nadal, Sven Kramer, Roger Federer
Athlete (female)Anni Friesinger
Softball PlayerMy entire team and Michelle Smith
Career
2011 --- On January 22, Kim is named Most Valuable Player of the 2010 season, her last in the big league. It marks the third time that Kim is named League MVP.
2010 --- In August, Kim participates in the Cup Winners Cup Tournament in Haarlem (Netherlands) with Sparks Haarlem, which wins the Cup after a come-from-behind victory in the last inning, scoring six runs to win 7-6 --- In this years regular season, Kim hits .422 to lead Sparks Haarlem and finish in second place in the Dutch big league. Kim leads the league with 38 basehits, 33 RBI's, a .600 slugging average and .500 on base percentage. In 32 games, she scores 23 runs --- With Sparks Haarlem, she wins the Dutch championship-title. After completion of the season, Kim announces her retirement.
2009 --- Before the start of the indoor practice-sessions, Kim announces in January that she is unable to combine her work with the practice-schedule and withdraws from the National Team --- In August, Kim participates with Sparks Haarlem in the CupWinners Cup Tournament in Parma (Italy), which is her ninth European Cup-event --- In the regular season, Kim hits .318, scores 28 runs and has 21 runs batted in, while sharing the team-lead with 16 walks and leads with 10 doubles and 4 triples.
2008 --- On February 22, Kim has three RBI's in the game vs. California State University-Bakersfield during the first American Tour with the national squad, which is part of the preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing --- Kim has four RBI's on the day, as she also had one in the first game against Providence College --- On February 26, Kim is 3-for-3, scores once and has one RBI in the game vs. the University of California at Berkeley --- On March 2, she is 3-for-5, including two doubles and scores twice in the second game vs. Chaminade University of Honolulu --- Against Philadelphia Force, Kim singles in the first game and doubles (RBI) in the second game of the second American Tour --- On June 14, Kim delivers a double in the 3-0 shutout-win in the last game vs. Rockford Thunder --- Four days later, she is 2-for-3 and scores twice in the opener vs. Akron Racers, which is lost 6-4 --- In the final game vs. Akron, Kim is 2-for-3, scores once and has two RBI's in a 7-4 loss --- Back home, she singles in the first and third game of the Holland Tour --- On July 14, Kim is one of 15 players being named to the roster for the Olympic Games --- After completion of the Japan Tour, Kim changes her uniform number from 7 into 14, which was worn by Chantal Versluis in the previous games of this year --- In the opener of the Olympic Games, Kim makes her Olympic debut vs. China and singles in her third at bat --- On August 16, he singles in the seventh inning of the game vs. Australia to break a No-Hitter by pitcher Justine Smethurst --- In the final game, on August 18, Kim is 2-for-4 and scores once in a 4-2 win vs. Chinese Taipei --- In the regular season, Kim hits .328, scores 27 runs and has 20 RBI's to finish with a run-production of 47, sharing the league-high with Lindsey Meadows of Tex Town Tigers. With her 27 runs, Kim shares second place in the league with Saskia Kosterink, her teammate in both Sparks Haarlem and the national squad --- With Sparks, Kim participates in the CupWinners Cup-tournament in Italy --- After the season, Kim is nominated for the third time for the MVP Award, but doesn't win this time,as Lindsey Meadows is named MVP --- On December 11, Kim 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.
2007 --- On May 27, Kim is 2-for-3 in the opening game of the European Championships in Amsterdam (Netherlands) against the Czech Republic, which is won 3-1 --- On June 2, Kim has two sacrifice bunts, moving runners into scoring position, who eventually also scored in a 6-0 win against Russia on June 2 to reach the final against Italy --- On June 9, in the opener of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Italy against Slovakia, Kim reaches base four times, is 3-for-4 and scores three runs in a 14-0 win --- Four days later, Kim is 3-for-3, including a double, scores three runs and has two RBI's in a 12-1 win vs. Croatia --- In the deciding semi-final against the Czech Republic, Kim is 2-for-4 and scores twice in a 9-6 victory to reach the final, which is won by the Dutch to qualify for the Beijing Olympics --- With Sparks Haarlem, Kim leads the team with 31 runs, has 40 basehits and a .348 batting average.
2006 --- In the regular season, she has career-highs with a .477 average, 40 runs, 17 RBI's and 53 basehits --- With her .477 average, she not only leads the league, but also is named most valuable player of the league for the second year in a row --- Kim also is voted Female Athlete of the Year in the city of Haarlem.
2005 --- In her first MVP-season, Kim bats .400, scores 31 runs and has 8 RBI's.
2004 --- Batting .392, Kim this season scores 'only' 23 runs --- In the European Cup Tournament, Kim is the leading hitter of the event, which again is won by Sparks.
2003 --- In her third big league-season, Kim improves her run-total, now scoring 35, while batting .465. She has 47 basehits, including her first big league-homerun --- In Forlì (Italy), Kim and Sparks win the European Cup.
2002 --- In the regular season, Kim bats .296 and scores 28 runs.
2001 --- Kim makes her debut in the Dutch Major League, while playing for Sparks Haarlem, batting .330 and scoring 26 runs --- Also this year, Kim debuts in the Dutch National Team --- She also plays in her first of seven consecutive European Cup Tournaments, as Sparks wins the CupWinners Cup in Ronchi Dei Legionari (Italy) --- After the season, she wins the Egbert van der Sluis Memorial Trophy for Best Dutch National Team Player under 23 --- She is also named Most Talented Player in the annual sports awards elections by the Municipality of Haarlem.
2000 --- Kim is a member of the Dutch National Junior Team, which captures the European title in Enschede (Netherlands).
Family
KIM is the daughter of Johan Kluijskens and Yolanda van der Linden and has one brother, Rick.
Kim's father Johan was a longtime softball-coach at DSS, Bloemendaal and Sparks Haarlem, with whom he won the Dutch title and was named Coach of the Year in 2004.
Kim's brother Rick played professional soccer for Vitesse.

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