Jochem Uytdehaage - Initiator of the contribution from the Dutch skaters

What have the Dutch skaters done for the KIA Speed Skating Academy?
"Above all we have come to realise that one should look further than the end of one's nose. The Netherlands will always continue producing good skaters, but we also have a duty to keep the sport alive. In fact we should help our competitors to get organised. The KIA Speed Skating Academy is certainly not the only factor in this, but also an important means of assistance. This is why I decided to mobilise as many Dutch skaters as possible after speaking to Marnix Wieberdink. We thought of jointly buying a door and thereby become an ambassadoor. But things have changed a bit.

 

You are sponsoring the lift in the skating academy, with the motto of 'lifting foreign skaters to a higher level'.
"Correct.It seemed that all our photos did not fit on just one of the folding doors. In a lift there are three walls and of course more space. In the beginning of February we found about twenty skaters and ex- skaters who were each prepared to donate 500 Euros. At the opening of the academy in March I hope that the group will have grown to about thirty. I have already sent a lot of emails and made many phone calls. At the World Sprint Championships I even spoke to some old colleagues and coaches. We managed to get a nice list of names together."

Does everyone have an affinity with Inzell?
"Not everybody. I myself, for example, have never won a title, but have taken part in training camps. Without exception, all the skaters are positive about Inzell. The academy also has everybody's support. Let's help the foreigners become better skaters. That will result in the level of Dutch skating going up again. At the time of printing this book in February 2011 the following skaters were prepared to make a donation to the lift in the KIA Speed Skating Academy."

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AmbassaDOORS

  • Group 4 Securicor
  • Clafis Engineering
  • X-Tend Craft
  • Aegon
  • Boukens Ice & Climate Solutions
  • Viking
  • Sportconfex
  • Allianz Nederland Groep N.V.
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Jochem Uytdehaage

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Jochem Uytdehaage
Initiator of the contribution from the Dutch skaters

jochem@deuytdehaaging.nl

Skaters and ex- skaters who were each prepared to donate €500 for the lift in the skating academy, with the motto of "lifting foreign skaters to a higher level":

  • Ard Schenk
  • Renate Groenewold
  • Rintje Ritsma
  • Yvonne van Gennip
  • Falko Zandstra
  • Jochem Uytdehaage
  • Hein Vergeer
  • Sven Kramer
  • Jan Bos
  • Barbara de Loor
  • Mark Tuitert
  • Bart Veldkamp
  • Annamarie Thomas
  • Annette Gerritsen
  • Ben van der Burg
  • Jos Valentijn
  • Geert Kuiper
  • Gerard
  • Kemkers
  • Ria Visser
  • Jan Ykema