Dutch Women Softball Team
Who is Who?
|# 23 - Nina van Huissteden - catcher / 3rd base|
|Birthdate||November 13, 1979|
|Occupation||Teacher Physical Therapy|
Coordinator Propaedeutics Physical Therapy
|Position||catcher / 3rd base|
|Dutch National Team||2001-2002; 2007-July 2008|
|Games Dutch National Team||76|
|Clubs||UVV (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...|
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)
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 / Highlights||Best International Under 23;|
MVP European Cup 2006; MVP EC Juniors 1998
Qualifying for the Olympics
|Biggest blunder||While 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|
|Talent you wish you had?||Being faster on the basepaths|
|Pets||Storm, Luna (my cats) and Beau (my dog)|
|Exotic pet you would like to have?||Black panther|
|Hobbies or Interests||Sleeping 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 style||Powerful, going to the edge! Give everything I have|
|...My Favorite / Best...|
|Movie||Remember the Titans, Lord of the Rings|
|Actor||Denzel Washington, Danny De Vito|
|Actress||Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts|
|TV Channel||Animal Planet|
|TV Show||Friends, House, 24|
|TV Sports Show||Holland Sport, NOS Studio Sport, Eurosport|
|TV Personality||Wendy van Dijk|
|Radio Channel||Radio 538 and Radio 1|
|Radio Show||Evers Staat Op (Radio 538), NOS Langs de Lijn (Radio 1)|
|Radio Personality||Edwin Evers|
|Music Genre||Depends 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 / Country||South Africa, Italy|
|Drink||Cola Light, Baileys|
|Book||Harry Potter-books, books by Nicky French,|
'Komt een vrouw bij de dokter' by Kluun
|Internet Sites||www.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 Team||Dutch Skating Team|
|Athlete (male)||Pieter van den Hoogenband, Theo Bos, Rafael Nadal|
|Athlete (female)||Inge de Bruin, Leontien van Moorsel|
|Softball Player||Jessica 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.