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# 25 - Noémi Boekel - 3rd base
BirthdateMarch 8, 1984
BirthplaceHuizen (Netherlands)
ResidenceAmsterdam (Netherlands)
Study1st year KLM Flight Academy
(study airline pilot)
Height1,68 m
Weight
BatsRight
ThrowsRight
Position3rd base


Dutch National Team2004-March 2009; January 2010
Games Dutch National Team60
Dutch National Junior Team2002-2003


ClubsDe Zuidvogels (Huizen, 1989-2001)
Almere '90 (Almere, 2002-2003)
Amsterdam Pirates (Amsterdam, 2004)
Sparks Haarlem (Haarlem, 2005-2010)
(Dutch Major League: 2004-2010)
...Tournaments Participated In...

with De Zuidvogels
2001 - International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)

with Almere '90
2003 - International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)

with Amsterdam Pirates
2004 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)

with Sparks Haarlem
European Cup
2005 (Macerata, Italy), 2006 (Bollate, Italy), 2007 (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Cup Winners Cup
2008 (Bollate, Italy), 2009 (Parma, Italy), 2010 (Haarlem, Netherlands)
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 (Enschede, Netherlands)
2010 - Intern. Jan de Wit Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)

with Dutch Junior Softball Team
2002 - European Championships Juniors (Chocen, Czech Republic)
2003 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)

with Dutch National Softball Team
2004 - Coppa BSC Legnano Amga (Legnano, Italy)
Torneo Internationale Softball Cittŕ di Legnano (Legnano, Italy)
5-game series vs. Greece (Almere/Bussum/Haarlem/Santpoort, Netherlands)
ISF Prague Cup (Prague, Czech Republic)
World University Games (Plant City, Florida, USA)
2005 - Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
European Championships (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)
Holland Tour (Santpoort/Groningen/Oldenzaal, Netherlands)
Tri-Nation Exhibition Series (Sendai, Japan)
Olympic Games (Beijing, China)
2010 - Intern. Indoor Cup (Team Orange) (Schiedam, Neth.) (guest player)

with Former Nationals
2009 - Holland Tour (Zoetermeer, Netherlands)

...Awards...
2003 - Bep van Beijmerwerdt Trophy (Most Talented Dutch Youth Player)
2007 - Egbert van der Sluis Memorial Trophy (Best Dutch International under 23)
Nomination MVP, Dutch Major League
2010 - Most Homeruns, Dutch Major League
Miscellaneous
When did you start with softball?When I was 5 years old, I started to play peanutball, then to the juveniles softball
Why did you start playing softball?Initially, I wanted to play tennis or soccer, but I was too young.
I was then adviced to take a look at peanutbal and I liked that immediately
What was your first club?De Zuidvogels in Huizen
Accomplishments / HighlightsWinning the Holland Series and becoming Dutch champion in 2005 and 2006
Winning the Bep van Beijmerwerdt Trophy in 2003
Being the best international under 23 in 2007
Winning the Olympic Qualifier in 2007 and therefore going to the Olympic Games
And of course participating in the Olympic Games in Beijing
Biggest blunderFalling down in front of a lot of people
Which persons do you most admire?My parents
Which persons would you like to meet?Bruce Springsteen, Chipper Jones
Three people you would love to have dinner with?My family, even if that are four people
Dreamjob?Pilot
From who did you learn the most?My parents
Biggest turn-off?People who are unfair
Talent you wish you had?Singing talent, Acting talent
PetsCheetah and Tigger (cats)
Exotic pet you would like to have?Cheetah
Hobbies or InterestsSnowboarding
When you wouldn't have been involved in
softball, what other sport would you have done?
Tennis or Swimming
What does the Olympic Games means to you?A dream come true
Why does softball has to return to the Olympics?It is a super beautiful teamsport, which is played all around the world
and therefore belongs to the Olympic Games
Describe your playing styleConcentrated (being in my own world)
...My Favorite / Best...
MovieThe Notebook, Bourne Ultimatum, Remember the Titans
ActorJohnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, David Boreanaz
ActressJudi Dench, Sandra Bullock
TV ChannelNo favorite, as long as there is something fun on TV
TV ShowWie is de mol?, Bones, Friends, Will & Grace
TV Sports ShowHolland Sport, NOS Studio Sport
TV PersonalityMatthijs van Nieuwkerk, Wilfred de Jong
Radio ChannelQ-Music, 3FM
Radio ShowSerious Request (3FM)
Radio PersonalityGiel Beelen
Music GenreA lot, Jazz, R&B, Rock
Singer (male)Bruce Springsteen, Robin Thicke, Amos Lee, Van Hunt
Singer (female)Alicia Keys, Leona Lewis
Group / Band etc.Snow Patrol, Pete Philly and Perquisite
Song'The River' and 'Radio Nowhere' by Bruce Springsteen
Vacation Spot / CountryEverywhere where there is sun or snow
FoodEverything, Chinese, Italian, Thai
DrinkBitter Lemon
AnimalCheetahs
NewspaperNRC
BookThe Kite Runner
MagazineCosmo
Internet Sitesyoutube.com, hyves.net, brucespringsteen.net
Sport (besides softball)Baseball, Tennis, Skating
Olympic Sport (besides softball)Baseball, Tennis, Skating, Judo, Swimming
(Professional) Sports TeamAtlanta Braves
Athlete (male)Sven Kramer, Roger Federer, Theo Bos, Chipper Jones
Athlete (female)Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel, Esther Vergeer
Softball PlayerDot Richardson
Career
2010 --- In January, Noémi makes her comeback in the Dutch National Team as a guest-player and participates (playing for Team Orange) in the International Indoor Cup in Schiedam (Netherlands) with her team winning first place. Due to a bruised thumb, Noémi can play only one day --- In August, Noémi 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 the regular season, Noémi hits .391, which is second best of Sparks Haarlem, while scoring 18 runs and having 20 RBI's in 26 games --- Noémi hits two homeruns to share first place in the league with Karin Tuk and Chantal Versluis --- After completion of the season, Noémi announces her retirement to focus entirely on her study to become an airline-pilot.
2009 --- Towards the end of March, Noémi decides to withdraw from the National Team for this season and will play only for Sparks Haarlem --- In August, Noémi participates with Sparks Haarlem in the CupWinners Cup Tournament in Parma (Italy) --- In the regular season, Noémi batted .258, scored 13 runs and collected 19 runs batted in.
2008 --- Triples and scores on February 22 in the game vs. Providence College during the first American Tour with the national team, which is part of the preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing --- On March 2, Noémi is 2-for-3 and scores twice in the first game vs. Chaminade University of Honolulu --- In the second game vs. Chaminade, Noémi hits two singles, scores twice and has three RBI's --- On March 6, Noémi is 3-for-4 with a double and has three RBI's in the game vs. the University of Washington during the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament in Honolulu --- The next day, she is 3-for-3, including a triple, in the game vs. the University of Hawaii --- During the second American Tour, Noémi singles to load the bases in a 6-4 loss in the first game vs. Akron Racers --- The next day, she singles again in the second confrontation with the Racers --- On July 13, Noémi is 2-for-3, including a double, and scores once in the third game of the Holland Tour vs. the Holland All Stars --- On July 14, Noémi is one of the 15 players to be named to the roster for the Olympic Games --- In the opening game of the Tri-Nation Tournament during the Japan Tour, Noémi reaches base once in the 5-0 loss vs. Canada --- On August 12, Noémi makes her Olympic debut when she enters the opening game of the Olympic Games vs. host China as a pinch-hitter --- On August 18, in the last game of the Olympics, Noémi singles in the first run vs. Chinese Taipei, which leads to a 4-2 victory --- In the regular season with Sparks Haarlem, Noémi has the second highest average of her team with .337 and has 14 RBI's. With Sparks, she participates in the CupWinners Cup-tournament in Italy in September --- On December 11, Noémi 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 30, Noémi triples and scores in an 11-0 shutout-win against Austria during the European Championships in Amsterdam (Netherlands) --- On June 2, she goes 3-for-3 and scores a run in 6-0 shutout-win vs. Russia to reach the final of this event, which eventually is won by Italy --- On June 9, Noémi scores three runs vs. Slowakia in the opening game of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Italy, which is won 14-0 --- On June 13, Noémi triples and homers, scores once and has four RBI's in the 12-1 victory against Croatia --- In the final of the Olympic Qualifier, on June 16, in Rochi Dei Legionari, Noémi singles in the tying run (1-1) in the second inning against Italy. The Dutch team went on to win 3-2 in eight innings and qualified for the Olympic Games in Beijing (China) --- In the regular season with Sparks Haarlem, Noémi this year bats .379 (second best of the team), scores 24 runs and has a team-leading 22 RBI's, sharing this category-lead with Jolanda Kroesen. Noémi is second best in the team with 39 basehits. For the second time, she makes no errors in the entire season, in which she had 141 Total Chances, playing as catcher, third base and short stop. With Sparks Haarlem, she reaches the Holland Series again, but this time has to settle for second place --- Playing at their home site, Sparks finishes in third place in the European Cup Tournament --- After the season ends, Noémi is awarded the Egbert van der Sluis Memorial Trophy for best Dutch national team-player under 23 and earns a nomination for the MVP Award.
2006 --- Noémi makes her first appearance on a World Championship, as she is one of the players on the Dutch National Softball Team on the event in Beijing (China) --- In the regular season, Noémi bats .308, while playing for Sparks Haarlem. She scores 22 runs and has 11 RBI's. Again, her team wins the Dutch championship --- Earlier in the year, in Bollate (Italy), Sparks again finishes in second place on the European Cup Tournament.
2005 --- Noémi is a member of the Dutch National Team, which finishes in third place on the European Championships in Prague (Czech Republic) --- In the regular season, her first with Sparks Haarlem, together with Kim Kluijskens, Noémi is the leading hitter with Sparks Haarlem, batting .400 with eight RBI's and one homerun. With Sparks Haarlem, Noémi reaches the Holland Series and her teams wins the Dutch championship. Defensively, she makes no errors, having 60 Total Chances --- With Sparks, Noémi for the first time plays on an European Cup Tournament in Macerata (Italy) and finishes in second place.
2004 --- On June 1, Noémi makes her debut in the National Team, playing against the Czech Republic in the Coppa BSC Legnano Amga Tournament in Legnano (Italy). In her first-ever at bat, she hits a double --- Later in the year, on July 29, during the ISF Prague Cup in Prague (Czech Repulic), Noémi hits three singles in a game against the national team of Chinese Taipei --- During the World University Games in Plant City, Florida (USA) in October, Noémi singles in the winning run in the eighth inning in a 3-2 victory against China --- As a player of Amsterdam Pirates, Noémi makes her debut in the Dutch Major League. In her first season, she leds the team with a .388 batting average, 19 RBI's and one homerun, meaning she wins the Triple Crown. She scores 12 runs and also leads the team with four stolen bases.
2003 --- Noémi wins the Bep van Beijmerwerdt Trophy for Best Dutch Youth Player.
2002 --- With the Dutch National Junior Team, which finishes in fourth place, Noémi participates in the European Championships in Chocen (Czech Republic).
Family
NOÉMI is the daughter of Bert and Felice Boekel and has two sisters, Fabiënne and Christianne.

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