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Dutch BB Team, Brian Farley nominated for Awards
HILVERSUM (Neth.) - The Dutch Baseball Team and its Manager Brian Farley have been nominated for the National Sports Awards that are handed out annually during the Sports Gala organized by the NOS and NOC*NSF. This year, Lotto joins the two organisors for the first time. The Sports Gala will be held on Monday, December 12 at the World Forum in The Hague. A live broadcast starts at 8:30 PM.

...Sidney de Jong & Rob Cordemans...
...with the World Cup...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
The Dutch Baseball Team, which made history by winning the world title for the first time last month in Panama, is one of three teams nominated for the Sports Team of the Year Award. The other nominated teams are the Women Shorttrack Relay Team, which won the European title and captured silver on the World Championship, and the Women Swimming Relay Team, that won the world title on the 4x100m relay.

Brian Farley, who led the baseball-squad to the world title, is nominated for Coach of the Year. Also nominated is Jacco Verhaeren, the national swimming team coach, who saw his team win two gold, one silver and three bronze medals during the World Championship. The third nominee is Roel Verwijlen, who is the coach of his son Bas, who won the silver medals in the European and World Fencing Championships.

Nominated for Male Sports Athlete of the Year are Bob de Jong (world champion 5000 and 10.000 m speed skating), Bas Verwijlen (silver European/World Championship fencing) and Epke Zonderland (gymnastics, European champion horizontal bar, European silver parallel bars).

Nominated for Female Sports Athlete of the Year are Ranomi Kromowidjojo (swimming, silver at World Championship 50m, bronze 100m, world titel team-relay, three world titles short track), Marianne Vos (cycling, world title cyclo-cross, world title scratch, silver road) and Ireen Wüst (skating, world champion allround, world title 3 km, 1500 m, world title team).

Nominated for Handicapped Sports Athlete of the Year are Esther Vergeer (wheelchair-tennis, won individual or double at Australian Open, Roland Garros, US Open, Wimbledon, Team World Championship), Maikel Scheffers (wheelchair-tennis, won individual or double at Roland Garros, Australian Open, Wimbledon, Team World Championship) and Thierry Schmitter (sailing, World Champion, winner World Cup).

Nominated for the Young Talent Award are Jeffrey Herlings (motocross), Sharon van Rouwendaal (swimming) and Dafne Schippers (track & field).

...Manager Brian Farley with the World Cup...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
In 1951, the first sport athletes were honoured. After a single athlete won an award through 1958, a male and female athlete are honoured annually since 1959. The first Sports Team of the Year was honoured in 1968. In 2002, the first Handicapped Athlete and Coach of the Year were honoured. This year will mark the first time the Young Talent Award will be handed out. The award already had a first winner last year, but then wasn't part of the program of the Sports Gala. During the upcoming Sports Gala, the Fanny Blankers-Koen Career Award also will be handed out. The winning Male, Female and Handicapped Athletes will get the Jaap Eden Award, as will the captain of the winning Sports Team. The Coach of the Year wins the NOC*NSF Coach Award, while the young talent wins the Young Talent Award.

In 1951, soccer-player Abe Lenstra was the first athlete to be named Sporter of the Year. In 1954, Geertje Wielema (swimming) was the first female.

When two awards were introduced in 1959, Arie van Houwelingen (cycling) and Sjoukje Dijkstra (figure skating) were the first winners. The latter went on the win the Female Athlete of the Year six times in a row, which is still a record. Current nominee Marianne Vos won the award in 2008 and 2009, while Ireen Wüst won in 2006. What the men are concerned, Epke Zonderland won the award in 2009. Last years winners were Mark Tuitert (skating) and Nicolien Sauerbreij (snowboarding).

The first Team of the Year award went to Ajax (soccer) in 1968. Last year, the award went to the Dutch Soccer Team. The nominated Women Swimming Team also won in 2009.

In 2002, current nominee Esther Vergeer was the first to win the Handicapped Athlete of the Year Award. She also won last year, which was the fifth time.

Guus Hiddink (soccer) was the first Coach of the Year in 2002. Last year, Bert van Marwijk (soccer) was the winner. In 2007, then National Baseball Team Manager Robert Eenhoorn shared the award with Foppe de Haan (soccer).

The first winner of the Young Talent Award last year was Dimi de Jong (snowboarding).

The Fanny Blankers-Koen Career Award has been handed out five times. In 2004, the first were handed out to five former athletes: Johan Cruijff (soccer), Sjoukje Dijkstra (figure skating), Anton Geesink (judo), Nico Rienks (rowing) and Ard Schenk (skating). Hereafter, the award was given to Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel (2006, cycling), Peter Blangé (2007, volleyball), Inge de Bruijn (2009, swimming) and Pieter van den Hoogenband (2010, swimming).

Between 1973 and 1995, the Talent of the Year was honoured with the Tom Schreurs Award when the event was organized AVRO TV. The NOC*NSF handed out its Junior Award to its Talent of the Year since 1999, excepts for 2010 and 2011.

(November 28)

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