Lidewij Welten

Position: striker
DOB: 16 July 1990
Club side: HC Den Bosch
National: Dutch Women’s side
7x Dutch Club Champion
2x Olympic Gold
1x World Cup Silver
2x European Champion
Stick: TK Platinum 2

TK: You have been apart of the Dutch national team since 2008 (age 18) and have won the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Gold Medals. What does playing for the national team mean to you?
Lidewij: “It’s really a big honour to play for the national team. I really enjoy it. Especially when you’re standing in a full stadium and they play the national anthem. I’m proud to be in the team.“

TK: How is the “Road to The Hague” going so far for you and the Dutch National Team?
Lidewij: “It’s going really well. We’ve been working really hard. Monday the 28th we leave to Italy for another training camp and we entering the final straight. We’re finishing club hockey now and totally focussing on the WC!”

TK: The Dutch Women’s National Team is regarded as one of the favorites to win the World Cup. Do you feel the pressure to perform in front of your home crowd?
Lidewij: “No I don’t feel any pressure because of the home crowd; I’m really in the mood to show them what we can. It is more encouraging that they’re all behind us and will push us. I think it’s going to be a very special WC.“

TK: Two weeks ago you won with your club HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch again the league for the 15th time in 17 years. What is the secret of the ladies team of HC Den Bosch?
Lidewij: “We say: Over my dead body! I think that is our biggest quality. We work hard for our aims and for each other and we do it together.”

TK: What is your favorite hockey memory to date?
Lidewij: “Olympics definitely, of course. But it’s hard to choose one. 2008 I was really young, had no experience no idea what to expect and it all “just happened”. 2012 I was more experienced, knew what to expect. And… We did it again.“

TK: You recently joined TK and are currently using the TK Platinum 2 stick, what do you like at the brand and your stick?
Lidewij: “I really like the hospitality; everybody is so friendly and caring to me at TK. I really like the quality and materials of the sticks – incomparably well. I enjoy dribbling with the stick and I can shoot really hard on goal with the TK stick.

TK: What does Lidewij Welten do outside of hockey?
Lidewij: “Besides hockey I study. It’s called: Advanced Business Creator. So we learn to think innovative and be creative.”

TK: Thank you, Lidewij.