A Time When The Dreams Of Dutch Divas Were Dashed

Photo Montage: FINA Aquatics; L'Equipe - Les Jeux Olympiques; CAL archive

As Jacco Verhaeren packs his thoughts and bags for a life as head coach to the Dolphins in Australia and great prospects ahead, we reflect on a moment in history when soaring Dutch Olympic prospects Down Under were dashed by politics; at one stage, Jan Stender was a coach who could boast a unique achievement – eight world record holders he coached lived on one street in Hilversum … but none got to race at Melbourne 1956, where a Dutchman was voted in as FINA president

All SwimVortex articles are placed in our archive after five days, the library of content available to subscribers.
Log In Register

As Jacco Verhaeren packs his thoughts and bags for a life as head coach to the Dolphins in Australia and great prospects ahead, we reflect on a moment in history when soaring Dutch Olympic prospects Down Under were dashed by politics; at one stage, Jan Stender was a coach who could boast a unique achievement – eight world record holders he coached lived on one street in Hilversum … but none got to race at Melbourne 1956, where a Dutchman was voted in as FINA president

Comments

Clive Rushton

Terrific history, Craig 🙂

Craig Lord

🙂

Lane Four

Back in the 70s there was a hit song called, More More More! Craig, I am humming that song right now asking for MORE MORE MORE! By the way, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE if you would write about your meeting with Kornelia Ender. Since she was THE greatest female swimmer of her generation (I know about the drugs), it would certainly be an eye-opener to read what she had to say.

John Volkers

Disastrous, that was how Dutch swimmers felt during the Melbourne-days. They lost their grip on the highest level for the next Games (Roma 1960). I interviewed Hungarians who competed and fled their country. Sad days for everyone. Nice story. I will once visit that Hilversum-street with Swimjos van Kuijeren.

Craig Lord

John, tell me when you and Jos are going – I’ll come with you 🙂

Leave a comment

Post a comment with your SwimVortex Account. Don't have a SwimVortex Account, Sign Up?

(*) Fields are required!
×