andrea national champion 2


We are so proud of Andrea (DP1) for placing first and becoming National Champion in the 60m hurdles category! 

Let's hear her talk about her wonderful achievement and what's up next!

Congratulations Andrea! Can you tell us about the event you competed in and what you achieved?

The event I competed in was the 60m hurdles, of 74cm height. I ran against the most esteemed and accomplished athletes in the country, and it was an honour to be there. I won the title of Dutch National Indoor Champion on the 60m hurdles in the category women under 18. While I am extremely happy that I won the gold medal, I am proud of myself for simultaneously making a new personal record 8.58 seconds.

How did you prepare for the competition?

Personally I vigorously trained for 4 to 5 times a week, while stressing that I didn't have enough time to do any school work. However, I understood the sacrifices I had to make to reach a balance between my academic and my athletics career.

Your effort truly is commendable. What was the experience like for you during the contest?

For myself competing is always a fun and exciting experience but of course that doesn't come without a bit of nervousness. The first round started a bit rough because I though i made a false start but in the finals I managed to put that behind me an push myself to do my best. Mainly being confident in myself and my training, I knew that all I had to do was do my best and see what happens. 

How did you feel when you found out you won?

When the race finished I wasn't sure whether I came first or second considering it was such a close race. There was a moment of tension and silence between the end of the race and the moment they came on the screen, but when I heard them announce my name I knew all the work I put into it was worth it in the end. 

That must have been so surreal! What are your plans or goals for your athletics journey moving forward?

As of this moment I don't have any solid plans but rather want to focus on continuing to enjoy myself, my sport and to push my abilities to the limits. However the next milestone is the outdoor national championships in June. So, I'm looking forward to see what I can achieve then. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your wonderful win Andrea and we wish you all the luck in the world for your next championship!