The former rowing coach of the Aegon national rowing team left the Royal Netherlands Rowing Association at the beginning of the month, after coach Hessel Evertsee relieved him of his main stint. Experienced a job as a trainer for a single women’s boat His Eminence Grace not sit down.
Verdonkschot has been responsible for the great success of Dutch rowing in various periods. Twice, in 2008 and 2016, the coach piloted the women’s light double rowers to win the Olympic title. Kayaking in Tokyo be Second Light, with Elsie Paulis and Marieki Kejser, to bronze. Keijser made a fatal mistake in the final with the gold medal in sight.
Led by Verdonkshott, the Dutch rowers won a total of 80 medals in all major tournaments. At the top of Dutch rowing, Verdonkchote was ultimately responsible for the entire women’s section. Until Paris 2024, that role was now reserved for Meinhorst, who was appointed last month as chief executive on the men’s and women’s selection total.
Verdonkechot was not the only coach forced to leave the field after the appointment of successful coach Mainhurst. Earlier, Mark Emkee, the men’s head coach, was suspended. Then Emke (62) found a new shelter with the Norwegian Rowing Federation.
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