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# 23 - Nina van Huissteden - catcher / 3rd base
BirthdateNovember 13, 1979
BirthplaceUtrecht (Netherlands)
ResidenceBeverwijk (Netherlands)
OccupationTeacher Physical Therapy
Coordinator Propaedeutics Physical Therapy
Height1,63 m
Weight70 kg
Positioncatcher / 3rd base

Dutch National Team2001-2002; 2007-July 2008
Games Dutch National Team76

ClubsUVV (1987-1998, Utrecht)
Terrasvogels (Santpoort, 1999-2000; 2003-2008)
HCAW (Bussum, 2001-2002)
Cape Town (South Africa, Oct. 2003-Mar. 2004)
(Dutch Major League: 1998-2008)
...Tournaments Participated In...

with Terrasvogels
European Cup
1999 (Bussum, Netherlands), 2000 (Macerata, Italy), 2005 (Macerata, Italy)
Cup Winners Cup
2003 (Valencia, Spain), 2004 (Moscow, Russia)
2006 (Caronno Pertusella, Italy), 2007 (Prague, Czech Rep.)
2009 (Parma, Italy)
International Indoor Cup
2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 (Schiedam, Netherlands)
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 (Enschede, Netherlands)

with HCAW
2002 - International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)

with Dutch National Softball Team
2001 - International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
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)
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)

1998 - Most Valuable Player, European Championships Juniors
2002 - Egbert van der Sluis Memorial Trophy (Best Dutch International under 23)
2003 - Best Infielder, CupWinners Cup
2004 - Best Hitter, CupWinners Cup
2006 - Most Valuable Player, European Cup
When did you start with softball?When I was seven
Why did you start playing softball?My parents were involved in the softballworld
What was your first club?UVV in Utrecht
Accomplishments / HighlightsBest International Under 23;
MVP European Cup 2006; MVP EC Juniors 1998
Qualifying for the Olympics
Biggest blunderWhile driving to Zoetermeer for the game between Birds and Terrasvogels,
I took the wrong turn and ended up in the back of a traffic jam and
therefore I missed the first game
Which persons do you most admire?My Mom and Dad
Which persons would you like to meet?Hillary Clinton, Nelson Mandela
Three people you would love to have dinner with?Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton, Queen Beatrix
Dreamjob?I have my dreamjob
From who did you learn the most?My mother
Biggest turn-off?Lying
Talent you wish you had?Being faster on the basepaths
PetsStorm, Luna (my cats) and Beau (my dog)
Exotic pet you would like to have?Black panther
Hobbies or InterestsSleeping in, going out eating, shopping
When you wouldn't have been involved in
softball, what other sport would you have done?
What does the Olympic Games means to you?A nice end of a very fine softball career, something extra
Why does softball has to return to the Olympics?Because it is the most fun sport in the world and is being played
all around the world
Describe your playing stylePowerful, going to the edge! Give everything I have
...My Favorite / Best...
MovieRemember the Titans, Lord of the Rings
ActorDenzel Washington, Danny De Vito
ActressSandra Bullock, Julia Roberts
TV ChannelAnimal Planet
TV ShowFriends, House, 24
TV Sports ShowHolland Sport, NOS Studio Sport, Eurosport
TV PersonalityWendy van Dijk
Radio ChannelRadio 538 and Radio 1
Radio ShowEvers Staat Op (Radio 538), NOS Langs de Lijn (Radio 1)
Radio PersonalityEdwin Evers
Music GenreDepends in what mood I'm in, can reggae up to pop 40
Singer (male)Marco Borsato, Andrea Bocelli, Phil Collins, Elton John
Singer (female)Alicia Keys, Anouk
Group / Band etc.Blof, Counting Crows, Acda en De Munnik
Song'Wilhelmus' (Dutch national anthem)
Vacation Spot / CountrySouth Africa, Italy
DrinkCola Light, Baileys
AnimalCats, Dogs
NewspaperHaarlems Dagblad
BookHarry Potter-books, books by Nicky French,
'Komt een vrouw bij de dokter' by Kluun
MagazineSportWeek, Fysiopraxis
Internet Siteswww.hyves.nl, www.google.nl, www.waarbenjij.nu, Grand Slam * Stats & News
Sport (besides softball)Hockey, Volleyball, Swimming, Baseball, Waterpolo
Olympic Sport (besides softball)Swimming, Hockey, Basketball
(Professional) Sports TeamDutch Skating Team
Athlete (male)Pieter van den Hoogenband, Theo Bos, Rafael Nadal
Athlete (female)Inge de Bruin, Leontien van Moorsel
Softball PlayerJessica Mendoza, Stacy Nuveman
2009 --- Since January 1 of this year, Nina is an active member of the 10-person Athletes Commission of the Netherlands Olympic Committee --- While being with the team as its physical therapist, Nina comes out of retirement in August to participate with Terrasvogels in the CupWinners Cup-tournament (her eighth European Cup-event) in Parma (Italy), which is won by her team for the first time in six years --- Towards the end of the year, Nina becomes the vice-chairman of Terrasvogels.
2008 --- This season, Nina switches uniform numbers in the national squad. After wearing 27 last year, she now plays with 23, which last year was worn by Dana Horeman. Number 27 this year is on the shirt of Anouk Mels, who returns to the national team --- Hits 3-for-4, including a homerun, scores two runs and has three RBI's on February 16 vs. St. Mary's College in the opening game of the first American Tour by the Dutch National Team, which is part of the preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Nina is 3-for-3 on March 6 with two RBI's in the game vs. Idaho State University during the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament in Honolulu --- In the second American Trip, Nina plays in only four games and remains hitless --- She reaches base twice on June 1 in the fourth and last game vs. Philadelphia Force, which is lost 5-3 --- On June 29, Nina scores the third run in a 5-1 victory vs. Terrasvogels in the first game of the Holland Tour --- On July 14, Nina is one of the players who is not selected on the roster for the Olympic Games --- In the regular season, playing for Terrasvogels, Nina bats .304 and shares the team-lead with Dana Horeman with 17 RBI's --- Due to working commitments, Nina cannot travel with the team to Prague (Czech Republic) for the European Cup-tournament --- After the season, Nina ends her career and retires.
2007 --- On May 30, Nina delivers a 2-run triple and scores in a 11-0 shutout vs. Austria during the European Championships in Amsterdam (Netherlands) --- The next day, trailing 2-0, Nina scores the go-ahead run in a 4-run rally in the game against Italy, which is won 4-3 --- On June 1, Nina is 2-for-3, scores once and has two RBI's in a 5-0 win against Russia --- On June 12, Nina singles in the second run of a 5-0 shutout-win against South Africa during the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Castions di Strada (Italy) --- Two days, later, Nina delivers an important 2-run, pinch-hit single against Greece, which turns a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead. She later is one of the runners, scoring on a grand slam homerun by Saskia Kosterink en route to an 8-2 victory --- On June 16, Nina hits a baseclearing, 3-run double in a 9-6 victory against the Czech Republic to reach the final of the Olympic Qualifier, which is won by the Dutch squad --- In the regular season, Nina hits .333 and has 23 basehits for Terrasvogels, which this season claims the Dutch championship.
2006 --- While hitting a career high .422 and collecting 15 RBI's, Nina leads her team this season with 26 runs and 43 basehits, including a homerun.
2005 --- Her batting average increases again, as she finishes the season with a .316 average.
2004 --- After returning from South Africa in March, Nina joins Terrasvogels again in the Dutch Major League --- In the regular season, Nina has 10 runs batted in and hits .273 --- Participating in the European CupWinners Cup with Terrasvogels, Nina wins the batting title of that event, which is won by her team.
2003 --- In her comeback-season with Terrasvogels, Nina bats .363 --- With Terrasvogels, Nina participates in the European CupWinners Cup and is named best infielder of that tournament --- In the off-season, Nina plays softball in Cape Town (South Africa) and returns in March 2004.
2002 --- In her last season with HCAW, she bats .293 and scores 20 runs. After the season, she decides to return to Terrasvogels.
2001 --- Nina makes her debut in the Dutch National Team during the international Jan van Bakel Tournament in Haarlem, The Netherlands --- This year, playing for HCAW in Bussum, Nina leads her team with a .320 average.
2000 --- With Terrasvogels, Nina participates in the European Cup Tournament in Macerata (Italy), finishing in fourth place.
1999 --- In her first season for Terrasvogels in Santpoort, Nina appears in only three games.
1998 --- After participating with the Dutch Junior Team in the European Championships, Nina is named most valuable player of that event --- Playing for UVV in Utrecht, Nina makes her debut in the Dutch big league. In her first season, she hits .185 and has nine RBI's.
NINA is the daughter of Henny and Marina van Huissteden.
On December 18, 2008, Nina married Bastiaan Kee. On October 2, 2010, they became the parents of son Jelle.

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