Universiteit Leiden

Rowing with Olympic medalists University eights

University eights

Contribution: Esther Zonnenberg-Mellenbergh (law alumnus 1994 - 2001)

The best rowers from the Leiden University compete against the eights (rowing teams) from other Dutch universities. After a year of competitive rowing at Asopos de Vliet, I was allowed to train with Irene Eijs in the summer of 1997. She studied biology in Leiden, rowed with Njord and took bronze with the women's team at the 1996 Olympics. In the years that followed, I felt honoured to be part of the Leiden University eight myself. We competed against the eight from Delft University with Eeke van Nes, also an Olympic rower and together with Irene, a medalist in 1996. It was a great honour and a pleasure to experience this.

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Queen Beatrix’s honorary degree


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