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# 25 - Laura van Essen - catcher
BirthdateSeptember 19, 1991
BirthplaceAmsterdam (Netherlands)
ResidenceAmsterdam (Netherlands)
StudyBusiness Administration
Height1,71 m
Weight62 kg

National TeamJanuary 2012-March 2013
Games National Team0

ClubsDe Meteoor (Amsterdam, 1999-2007, baseball)
TIW-Survivors (Diemen, 2007-2009)
Amsterdam Pirates (Amsterdam, 2010-current)
...Tournaments Participated In...
with Windmills Amsterdam/Rondevenen Little League
2005 - Little League Dutch Championship (Almere, Netherlands)

with Amsterdam Pirates
2009 - Softball Fast Sport International Cup (Florida, USA)

2010 - Tuscany Series (Florence, Italy)
2012 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)

with Dutch Junior Softball Team
2009 - Holland Tour (Nieuwegein, Netherlands)

with Holland All Stars
2011 - Holland Tour (De Bilt, Netherlands)

with Dutch National Softball Team
2012 - Holland Tour (Nieuwegein, Netherlands)

When did you start with softball?I first started playing baseball when I was 8 years old
Then I started playing softball when I was 14
Why did you start playing softball?My brother played baseball and when I went along to watch
I could join practice immediately
What was your first club?Baseball with De Meteoor and softball with TIW-Survivors
Accomplishments / HighlightsHitting a homerun during a tournament in Florida
while having migraine
Biggest blunderMissing a ball as catcher, which then ended up in the face of the
umpire, who then went knockout
Which persons do you most admire?Persons who want to get the maximum out of their life
Which persons would you like to meet?No one in perticular
Three people you would love to have dinner with?Dana, Raven and Pien
Dreamjob?Founding my own company
From who did you learn the most?My parents
Biggest turn-off?wrong doing and insects
Talent you wish you had?I would like to be artistically
PetsThree fishes, Tobie, Mathilda and Napoleyang
Exotic pet you would like to have?A tiger
Hobbies or InterestsSports, movies, music and now and then a party
When you wouldn't have been involved in
softball, what other sport would you have done?
What does the Olympic Games means to you?The absolute top
Why does softball has to return to the Olympics?It is a waste when you could not reach the absolute top in softball,
while the sport surely deserves it for its uniqueness, level
and growing popularity
Describe your playing styleThoughtfull, disciplined and with pleasure
...My Favorite / Best...
MovieForest Gump, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption
ActorJamie Foxx, Heath Ledger, Al Pacino
ActressJodie Foster, Ellen Page, Audrey Tautou
TV ChannelDiscovery Channel, National Geographic, RTL
TV Showcrime series, sitcoms and documentaries
TV Sports ShowNOS Studio Sport and ESPN
TV PersonalityJeroen van Koningsbrugge
Radio Channel3FM
Radio ShowCoen en Sander Show
Radio PersonalityGiel Beelen
Music GenreAll kinds
Singer (male)Daniel Merriweather, Kanye West, B.O.B.
Singer (female)Air, La Roux, Sia
Group / Band etc.The Script, Goldfish, Daft Punk, Pete Philly & Perquisite,
De Jeugd van tegenwoordig
Song'Her Morning Elegance' by Oren Lavie
Vacation Spot / CountryCanada
FoodPasta pesto and cow cabbage
DrinkLemonade and Cola
AnimalDogs, cats and fishes
NewspaperNRC Next
Book'Komt een vrouw bij de dokter' by Kluun
MagazineThe Quest
Internet SitesBlackboard and Facebook
Sport (besides softball)Snowboarding
Olympic Sport (besides softball)Athletics, swimming, alpine skiing
(Professional) Sports TeamThe Dutch Softball Team, the Dutch Baseball Team and Ajax
Athlete (male)Edwin van de Sar
Athlete (female)Nicolien Sauerbreij
Softball PlayerToo many to choose one
2013 --- Towards the end of March, Laura is cut from the preliminary roster, together with Petra van Heijst.
2012 --- After being invited in November 2011, Laura officially joins the roster of the Dutch National Softball Team on January 8 --- On June 8, Laura is one of nine players who are cut from the roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for participation in the World Cup of Softball (Oklahoma City, USA), a series of games in Seattle (USA) and the World Championship in Whitehorse (Canada). The nine players remain on the list as alternates --- In October, Laura is one of 31 players named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for the 2013 season.
2011 --- On May 15, Laura is a player of the Holland All Stars, which is compiled from players from the Dutch big league and second highest division, and plays two games against the Dutch National Softball Teams in De Bilt, which are the opening games of this years Holland Tour.
2010 --- With Amsterdam Pirates, Laura participates in an international tournament in Italy.
2009 --- This year, Laura gains her first international experiences as she participates with Amsterdam Pirates in a tournament in Florida (USA) --- This year, she also plays with the Dutch National Junior Team against the Dutch National Team during the Holland Tour.
2005 --- Laura this year participates in the Dutch Little League Championships.
LAURA is the daughter of Marcel and Marianne van Essen and has one brother, Tom.

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