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# 15 - Sandra Gouverneur - utility
BirthdateOctober 2, 1976
BirthplaceHeerhugowaard (Netherlands)
ResidenceNoord-Scharwoude (Netherlands)
OccupationTeacher Physical Education
Height1,84 m
Weight83 kg
BatsRight
ThrowsRight
Positionutility (mostly short stop / 1st base)


Dutch National Team1995-2008
Games Dutch National Team158
Dutch National Junior Team1995


ClubsThe Herons (Heerhugowaard, 1983-1995)
Terrasvogels (Santpoort, 1996-2007)
Nuoro (Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy, 2006; 2009)
Gryphons (Rosmalen, 2008)
(Dutch Major League: 1996-2008)

Sandra's page as Flex Coach

...Tournaments Participated In...

with Terrasvogels
European Cup
1996 (Bussolengo, Italy), 1997 (Haarlem, Neth.), 1999 (Bussum, Neth.)
2000 (Macerata, Italy), 2001 (Santpoort, Neth.), 2005 (Macerata, Italy)
Cup Winners Cup
1998 (Almere, Neth.), 2003 (Valencia, Spain), 2004 (Moscow, Russia)
2006 (Caronno Pertusella, Italy), 2007 (Prague, Czech Republic)
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 (Enschede, Netherlands)
International Indoor Cup
2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 (Schiedam, Netherlands)

with Gryphons
2008 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)
International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)

with Dutch Junior Softball Team
1995 - Kingdom Games (Aruba)

with Dutch National Softball Team
1995 - Olympic Qualifying Tournament/HSW (Haarlem, Netherlands)
1996 - Winfield Cup (several sites, New Zealand)
Qantas Four Nations Tournament (Brisbane, Australia)
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 Four Nations Tournament (Canberra, Australia)
Challenge Series vs. Australia (several sites, Netherlands)
Haarlem Softball Week (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Parma, Italy)
European Championships (Antwerp, Belgium)
2000 - Torneo di Parma (Parma, Italy)
International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
2001 - Disney Fastpitch Festival (Orlando, USA)
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)
2003 - Hillenbrand Invitational Tournament (Tempe, Arizona, USA)
International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Macerata/Cupramontana, Italy)
European Championships (Caronno Pertusella/Saronno, Italy)
2004 - Coppa BSC Legnano Amga Tournament (Legnano, Italy)
Torneo Internationale Softball Città di Legnano (Legnano, Italy)
5-game series vs. Greece (Almere/Bussum/Santpoort/Haarlem, Neth.)
ISF Prague Cup (Prague, Czech Republic)
World University Games (Plant City, Florida, USA)
2005 - Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
European Championships (Prague, Czech Rep.)
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)

...Awards...
1995 - Bep van Beijmerwerdt Trophy (Most Talented Dutch Youth Player)
2000 - Most Valuable Player, Dutch Major League
2001 - Most Valuable Player, Dutch Major League
2005 - Best Hitter, Dutch Major League
Nomination MVP, Dutch Major League
2006 - Anne Irvine Best Defensive Player Award, Canada Cup
2007 - Nomination MVP, Dutch Major League
2009 - Awarded Merit of Honor by Dutch Federation KNBSB
Miscellaneous
When did you start with softball?In 1983, when I was seven
Why did you start playing softball?A girl next door played softball
What was your first club?The Herons in Heerhugowaard
Career HighlightsIndividually Best Defensive Player on the Canada Cup in 2006
and as a team, qualifying for the Olympics last Summer
Biggest AccomplishmentsSee above
Biggest blunder...I don't do that, don't I?...
Which persons do you most admire?My brother Cor
Which persons would you like to meet?Mike Candrea, Guus Hiddink, Princess Máxima, Barack Obama, Louis van Gaal
Three people you would love to have dinner with?Kate Gentile, Auburn Sigurdson, Amy Harre
Dreamjob?Playing softball professionally in the USA
From who did you learn the most?Cor, my brother
Biggest turn-off?Loudmouths
Talent you wish you had?I'm happy with what I have
PetsNone
Exotic pet you would like to have?None
Hobbies or InterestsReading
When you wouldn't have been involved in
softball, what other sport would you have done?
Volleyball
What does the Olympic Games means to you?A crown to my career
Why does softball has to return to the Olympics?Because the real world top will be there!
Describe your playing styleAlways giving 100 %; Respect
...My Favorite / Best...
MovieRomantic comedies, Animation, Shrek 1, 2, 3
ActorKevin Costner
ActressJulia Roberts
TV ChannelNederland 1, 2 and 3
TV ShowSeinfeld, Will & Grace, House, NCIS
TV Sports ShowNOS Studio Sport
TV PersonalityMart Smeets
Radio ChannelVeronica
Radio ShowNOS Langs de Lijn
Radio PersonalityThe less talking, the better
Music GenreAll kinds of music
Singer (male)Marco Borsato
Singer (female)Anouk
Group / Band etc.Blof
Song'It's 5 o'clock somewhere' by Alan Jackson
Vacation Spot / CountrySardinia (Italy)
FoodPasta
DrinkRed wine, Bitter lemon
AnimalNone, allergic
NewspaperNoord-Hollands Dagblad, NRC
BookYes!
MagazineYes too!
Internet Siteswww.quovide.com, www.buzzbasics.com
Sport (besides softball)Volleyball, Skating
Olympic Sport (besides softball)Road Cycling, Hockey
(Professional) Sports TeamAvalanche, AZ
Athlete (male)Sven Kramer, Theo Bos
Athlete (female)Marleen Veldhuis
Softball PlayerNatasha Watley
Career
2009 --- After completing her career in the Dutch big league and in the Dutch national team, Sandra this year returns to Italy, as she will play again for Nuoro in the Italian Softball League --- After completion of the season, Sandra announced her retirement --- In October, Sandra is one of five former National Team-players, who is named a so-called Flex Coach for the Dutch National Softball Teams; the five are introduced on November 8.
2008 --- Reaches base six times in seven plate appearances and doubles twice 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 --- On March 2, Sandra homers in the first game vs. Chaminade University of Honolulu --- In the second game of the second American Tour on May 30, Sandra is 1-for-2 vs. Philadelphia Force --- On July 6, in the second game of the Holland Tour and the first against the Holland All Stars, Sandra is 1-for-2 and reaches base twice. Both times, she is replaced by a pinch-runner, who both score --- A week later, on July 13, she is 1-for-3 and again her pinch-runner scores a run in the last game of the Holland Tour --- The next day, July 14, Sandra is named to the roster for the Olympic Games. Twelve years after she was dropped from the 1996 Olympic roster, Sandra now makes the Olympic team --- On August 2, the veteran player is 1-for-3 and walks in the exhibition game vs. Tohoku Fukushi University, which concludes the Japan Tour --- Ten days later, Sandra makes her Olympic debut in the opening game of the Olympic Games vs. host China and hits two singles --- In the next game, on August 13, Sandra homers vs. Canada --- On August 18, in the last game of the Olympics vs. Chinese Taipei, Sandra scores the second Dutch run in the game, then singles in two more in her next at bat, resulting in a 4-2 victory. With this game, Sandra concludes her international career with the Dutch National Team --- In the regular season, her first with Gryphons after having played 12 years for Terrasvogels, Sandra hits .341 and leads the team in runs (17) and RBI's (18) --- After this years international season, Sandra is the recordholder with 158 official games played for the Dutch National Women Softball Team.
2007 --- On May 27, Sandra scores twice in the opening game of the European Championships in Amsterdam (Netherlands) vs. the Czech Republic, which is won 3-1 --- The next day, she delivers a single and a double and scores twice in a 15-0 win vs. Greece --- On June 2, Sandra reaches base three times, is 2-for-3 and has two RBI's in a 6-0 win in the semi-final against Russia --- Seven days later, Sandra scores three runs in the 14-0 win against Slovakia in the opening game of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Italy --- On June 12, she reaches base four times, hits a homerun and scores twice in a 5-0 shutout vs. South Africa --- The next day, she doubles twice, scores three runs and has two RBI's in a 12-1 win vs. Croatia --- In the regular season, Sandra returns to Terrasvogels and leads the team with a .388 average, 28 runs, 40 hits and 21 RBI's, which results in her fourth nomination for the MVP Award. In the Holland Series, Terrasvogels dethrones Sparks Haarlem and captures the Dutch title --- For the eleventh time, Sandra participates in an European Cup Tournament, with Terrasvogels finishing in second place in the CupWinners Cup in Prague (Czech Republic).
2006 --- This year, Sandra plays for Nuoro in the Italian softball league, but also appears in seven games for Terrasvogels.
2005 --- Another successful season, as Sandra scores 20 runs and has 17 RBI's and is the league's batting champion with a .411 average, earning a nomination for the MVP Award.
2004 --- Sandra again hits above .300, hitting .351 and scores 23 runs, while having 14 RBI's.
2003 --- Scoring 21 runs, Sandra finishes the regular season with a .329 batting average --- In Valencia (Spain), Sandra and Terrasvogels win the CupWinners Cup.
2002 --- Sandra hits .388 in the regular season and has 20 RBI's.
2001 --- For the second year in a row, Sandra wins the MVP-award in the Dutch big league.
2000 --- This year, Sandra is named Most Valuable Player of the Dutch Major League.
1999 --- In the regular season, she hits .369.
1998 --- This year, Sandra hits .452 and scores 22 runs --- In Almere (Netherlands), Sandra and Terrasvogels finish in second place in the CupWinners Cup Tournament.
1997 --- With Terrasvogels, Sandra hits .285, scores a career-high 35 runs and has 24 RBI's --- On the European Cup Tournament, her team finishes in second place.
1996 --- Sandra makes her debut in the Dutch Major League, playing for Terrasvogels in Santpoort, hitting .349, scores 19 runs and has 14 RBI's --- With Terrasvogels, Sandra plays in her first of eleven European Cup Tournaments. In Bussolengo (Italy), the team wins the Cup.
1995 --- While playing for First Divisionist The Herons in Heerhugowaard, Sandra this year makes her debut in the Dutch National Team during the Haarlem Softball Week in the Netherlands, which also has the status of Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The Dutch win and qualify for the Olympics the next year in Atlanta, but Sandra doesn't make the roster for that event --- After the season, Sandra is awarded the Bep van Beijmerwerdt Trophy for the Most Talented Dutch Youth Player.
Family
SANDRA is the daughter of Joop and Marga Gouverneur and has two brothers Cor and Ronald.
Sandra is married to Jeroen Deken, who himself was a pitcher in the Dutch Major League, playing for Amsterdam Pirates (1999-2001; 2005) and HCAW (2002-2004) and also played in the Dutch National Baseball Team (1998; 2000-2002). In 2010, Jeroen was the Head Coach of the softball-team of Terrasvogels in the Dutch Major League.
On November 28, 2010, Sandra and Jeroen became the parents of daughter Mette.

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