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# 13 - Lynn Geertman - 2nd base
BirthdateMay 8, 1974
BirthplaceHaarlem (Netherlands)
ResidenceHaarlem (Netherlands)
OccupationPartsmanager
Height1,69 m
Weight69 kg
BatsLeft
ThrowsRight
Position2nd base


National Team1997-June 2008
Games National Team93


ClubsHet Zeeuwse Honk (Terneuzen)
Kinheim (Haarlem)
DSC '74 (Haarlem, 1992-1993)
Sparks Haarlem (Haarlem, 1994-2010)
(Dutch Major League: 1992-2010)
...Tournaments Participated In...

with Sparks
European Cup
1997 (Haarlem, Netherlands), 2002 (Macerata, Italy), 2003 (Forlì, Italy)
2004 (Viladecans, Spain), 2005 (Macerata, Italy),
2006 (Bollate, Italy), 2007 (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Cup Winners Cup
1995 (Livorno, Italy), 1996 (Haarlem, Netherlands)
2000 (Prague, Czech Republic), 2001 (Ronchi Dei Legionari, Italy)
2008 (Bollate, Italy), 2009 (Parma, Italy)
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 (Enschede, Netherlands)

with Dutch National Softball Team
1997 - Haarlem Softball Week (Haarlem, Netherlands)
European Championships (Prague, Czech Republic)
1998 - USA Trip (San Diego/Greenville, USA)
Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
World Championships (Shizuoka, Japan)
1999 - Qantas Tournament (Canberra, Australia)
Challenge Series vs. Australia (several sites, Netherlands)
Haarlem Softball Week (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Parma, Italy)
European Championships (Antwerp, Belgium)
2002 - International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
World Championships (Saskatoon, Canada)
2003 - Hillenbrand Invitational (Tempe, USA)
International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Macerata/Cupramontana, Italy)
2004 - Coppa BSC Legnano Amga (Legnano, Italy)
Torneo Internationale Softball Città di Legnano (Legnano, Italy)
5-game series vs. Greece (Almere/Bussum/Haarlem/Santpoort, Netherlands)
ISF Prague Cup (Prague, Czech Republic)
2006 - Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
World Championships (Beijing, China)
Japan Cup (Yokohama, Japan)
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)

...Awards...
1997 - Most Homeruns, Dutch Major League
2009 - Decorated by Dutch Federation KNBSB
Miscellaneous
When did you start with softball?In 1989
Why did you start playing softball?I got infected with the softball-virus after a vacation with friends
when we played softball on the parking lot of our camping
What was your first club?Het Zeeuwse Honk in Terneuzen
Career HighlightsNinth place on World Championships 1998 in Japan,
Third place in the Canada Cup in 2006 and of course
Winning the Olympic Qualifier last year in Italy
Biggest AccomplishmentQualifying for the Olympic Games in 2007
Biggest blunderTripping over my bat after a successful bunt and ending up head-first
halfway towards first base in front of some 1000 spectators
Which persons do you most admire?Michael Jordan
Which persons would you like to meet?I already meet them every day
Three people you would love to have dinner with?I cannot think of one right away
Dreamjob?I like what I'm doing now very much
From who did you learn the most?People around me
Biggest turn-off?Discrimination
Talent you wish you had?Musical talent
PetsA cat, named Chewie
Exotic pet you would like to have?None
Hobbies or InterestsChilling
When you wouldn't have been involved in
BB/SB, what other sport would you have done?
I have no idea, probably some fitness
What does the Olympic Games means to you?Greatest sport achievement and something to remember for the rest of my life
Why does softball has to return to the Olympics?It is the best and highest reachable event for a softball-player
Describe your playing styleAgressive, experienced, relaxed, supporting
...My Favorite / Best...
MovieThe Green Mile, Remember the Titans, Erin Brockovitz, Shrek,
Nemo, Lord of the Rings, Tootsie, Blood Diamond
ActorDenzel Washington, Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman
ActressAngelina Jolie, Jodie Foster, Susan Sarandon, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock
TV ChannelNet 5, ESPN, Discovery
TV ShowCSI, Law & Order, Ally McBeal, De Lama's
TV Sports ShowNOS Studio Sport, Holland Sport
TV PersonalityAndré van Duin, Najib Amali
Radio ChannelRadio 538, Q-Music, Slam FM
Radio ShowI don't listen that much to radio
Radio PersonalityI don't have one
Music GenreR&B, Pop, Dance
Singer (male)Usher, 50 Cent, Marco Borsato
Singer (female)Celine Dion, Melissa Etheridge, Aalyan, Alicia Keys
Group / Band etc.Blof
SongAs much as possible
Vacation Spot / CountryAs long as it is warm and dry
FoodPasta
DrinkSoda
AnimalCats
NewspaperHaarlems Dagblad
BookI'm not a reader
MagazineThe regular magazines when I'm traveling
Internet SitesHyves, Fastpitch, Grand Slam * Stats & News
Sport (besides softball)I once played darts for one winter
Olympic Sport (besides softball)Track & Field, Soccer
(Professional) Sports TeamTVM Skating Team
Athlete (male)Lance Armstrong, Sven Kramer, Michael Jordan
Athlete (female)Leontien van Moorsel
Softball PlayerThe team of Sparks Haarlem
Career
2010 --- In August, Lynn comes out of retirement and appears in two games of Sparks Haarlem during the ranking round of the Dutch big league, then also plays during the Play-Offs. She is also with the team during the Holland Series, but doesn't play, while Sparks captures the Dutch championship.
2009 --- In August, Lynn participates with Sparks Haarlem in the CupWinners Cup Tournament in Parma (Italy), which is her 13th European Cup-event --- In the regular season, Lynn appears in only eight games, as she is still bothered by her knee-injury, but hits .263 --- After completion of the season (her 18th in the big league), Lynn announces her retirement.
2008 --- On February 16, Lynn is 1-for-1 vs. St. Mary's College, the opening game of the first American Tour with the Dutch National Team, which is part of the preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing --- On February 29, she again is 1-for-1 in the first game vs. Brigham Young University-Hawaii --- While initially starting the regular season on the disabled list, Lynn returns to practice and is able to travel with the team and participate in the second American Tour of the Dutch Team in May and June --- After being treated intensively by the team's physical therapist Rob Oskam, Lynn returns to action on June 1 in the fourth and final game vs. Philadelphia Force, goes 1-for-1 and is being hit by a pitch twice --- On June 13, she delivers a pinch-hit single in the second game vs. Rockford Thunder --- Unfortunately, Lynn re-injures her knee and is unable to play in the remaining four games of the trip --- After coming home, before the start of the Holland Tour, Lynn is therefore released from the team --- Nevertheless, despite missing the opportunity to participate in the Olympic Games, Lynn travels to Beijing to see her teammates play in Beijing --- Due to her injury, Lynn plays in only 19 games in the regular season for Sparks Haarlem, but she participates in the CupWinners Cup in Italy.
2007 --- On May 28, Lynn is 2-for-3 with a double, scores twice and has two RBI's in a 15-0 win vs. Greece during the European Championships in Amsterdam (Netherlands) --- Two days later, she triples and scores in an 11-0 shutout vs. Austria --- On May 31, Lynn delivers two basehits, including an RBI-single which gives the Dutch team a 4-2 lead in an eventual 4-3 win vs. Italy --- The next day, Lynn singles in the lone run in an 8-1 loss in the first semi-final vs. Italy --- On June 14, she is 2-for-3 and scores a run in an 8-2 victory vs. Greece during the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Staranzano (Italy) --- On June 16, in the final against Italy, Lynn singles and makes what is probably the most important catch in her career. With the Dutch team leading 3-2 in the eighth inning and runners on first and third base and two outs, Lynn, playing at second base, caught a line drive, which ended the game and secured the qualification for the Olympic Games in Beijing --- In the regular season, Lynn hits .381 --- For the eleventh time, Lynn participates in an European Cup Tournament. In Haarlem, Sparks finishes in third place.
2006 --- With the Dutch National Team, Lynn participates in the Canada Cup, the World Championships in Beijing (China) and the Japan Cup in Yokohama --- Lynn's batting average improves again, as she hits .333, scores 23 runs and has 17 RBI's in the regular season --- With Sparks, Lynn finishes again in second place on the European Cup Tournament.
2005 --- Lynn closes the season with Sparks Haarlem with a .284 average, scores 21 runs and had 15 RBI's --- On the European Cup Tournament, Sparks finishes in second place.
2004 --- With Sparks Haarlem, Lynn scores 18 runs and homers once --- In Viladecans (Spain), Lynn and Sparks again win the European Cup.
2003 --- Lynn finishes the regular season with her highest career average, .458, but it is also cut short due to a knee injury --- Another successful event in Italy, as Sparks wins the European Cup in Forlì.
2002 --- In the regular season, Lynn scores 22 runs and hits .282 --- On the European Cup Tournament, Lynn finishes in second place with Sparks.
2001 --- In Ronchi Dei Legionari (Italy), the site where the Dutch National Team last year qualified for the Olympic Games, Lynn has another success, as Sparks wins the European Cup.
2000 --- In Prague (Czech Republic), Lynn participates again in a CupWinners Cup Tournament with Sparks. The team finishes in fourth place, but her tournament is cut short due to a heavy knee injury.
1999 --- In the regular season, Lynn hits two homeruns and scores 21 runs.
1998 --- In her statistical climb, Lynn this season finishes with a .430 batting average, scores 24 runs and hits three homers.
1997 --- Lynn makes her debut in the Dutch National Softball Team during the international Haarlem Softball Week in the Netherlands --- Again, Lynn improves her batting average, this year hitting .342, scores 38 runs, has 18 RBI's and hits two homeruns, which lead the league --- This year, Sparks participates in the European Cup Tournament, finishing in third place.
1996 --- For the first time in her career, Lynn bats above .300, finishing the season with a .307 average and scores 27 runs --- For the second year in a row, Sparks finishes in second place on the CupWinners Cup Tournament, which is organized on its home site in Haarlem.
1995 --- In the regular season, Lynn bats .286 --- With Sparks, Lynn participates in the CupWinners Cup in Livorno (Italy), finishing in second place.
1994 --- Lynn plays in her first season with Sparks Haarlem.
1993 --- In her second big league-season, Lynn bats .278 and scores 15 runs.
1992 --- Lynn makes her debut in the Dutch Major League, while playing for DSC '74. In her first year, she appears in 17 games, batting .139.
Family
LYNN is the daughter of Henk and Titia Geertman and is the sister of Iskemay.

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