AEGIR-Marine's Volleyball Team Qualifies for Olympics 2016


By The Maritime Executive 2016-06-27 17:16:53

With just a couple of weeks before the start of the Olympic Games AEGIR’s beach team VanderVlist-VanGestel won the Continental Cup in Stavanger (Norway). The prize: a ticket to Rio de Janeiro to compete in the Olympics 2016. With a convincing victory over the Ukrainian twin Makhno AEGIRs beach team the first step had been set. When later the Dutch team Braakman-Sinnem lost against the Ukrainian team Shchypkova-Davidova, it was clear that ‘the golden match’ would be played by VanderVlist-VanGestel.

We’re going to Rio!

The match against the team that was called ‘the sensation of the Continental Cup’ was the one-but-last chance to qualify for AEGIR’s beach volley ball team. ‘We lost the first set, because of stress,’ Sophie van Gestel says. ‘We wanted this so much! The whole year has been about this week!’ However the duo came back strong in the second set. With hard services, good blocking and a couple of aces, they won the set 21-15. 'If we’re gonna lose, we will lose fighting,' VanderVlist had said, but in the third set the team soon took the lead with 9-3. The Ukrainian team gained some points, but the Dutch team kept the pressure high and with a firing attack they finished the game 15-9. ‘I have performed at my very best in this finale,’ Jantine van der Vlis says, ‘and I saved the best for last. I still can’t believe that we are going to Rio. It just keeps getting better!’

They aim for gold, just like us.

AEGIR-Marine has been this Dutch team’s sponsor since 8 years and Jantine has been part of that team for the longest time. ‘We recognized their ambition. It resembles ours,’ states Ruud Muis, general director AEGIR-Marine, ‘they aim for the best. They go for that golden medal.'

We are unbelievably proud on what they have shown the word this weekend. They’ve worked so hard for four years. We have witnessed their ups-and-downs and we have seen how the never gave up. They are real go-getters. Hats off for these women!

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