Goedkoop Confident for Dutch Success at Worlds
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After leading the Dutch women's team in a recent tri-meet against Russia and Spain, Joy Goedkoop told IG she is more confident than ever as she heads into next week's world championships in Rotterdam.


Joy Goedkoop (Netherlands)

"I worked very hard in the last few months to achieve the level that is needed to perform well," said Goedkoop, who finished seventh all-around and second with her team in the tri-meet held Sept. 18 in Waalwijk. "I had a very good feeling during the last period, but the best way to demonstrate this is at a tournament like that. So indeed, the performance boosted my confidence heading to Rotterdam."

Goedkoop said the tri-meet gave her a clear idea of what the Dutch team will require to perform well at worlds, which kick off Saturday at Rotterdam's Ahoy Arena. She finished 32nd all-around in qualifications at the 2009 Worlds in London, where no team competition took place.

"We need to cooperate as a team, support and encourage each other, and optimize the last pieces," said Goedkoop, who is coached by Gerben Wiersma at Sportstad Heerenveen. "Because we are performing in our own country we will get a lot of media attention. We have to take care of our appearance."

Also scheduled to compete for the Dutch women in Rotterdam are 2010 Dutch all-around champion, Celine van Gerner, Sanne Wevers, two-time Olympian Suzanne Harmes, Marlies Rijken and Yvette Moshage. (Moshage, who was originally the reserve, will replace Wyomi Masela, who was injured shortly after she was named to the team.) Dianne Teunisse is the new reserve.

The 16-year-old Goedkoop said she is prepared for the extra pressure she will face at worlds, competing not only for herself but for her team in front of the Dutch audience.

"I like working in a team," Goedkoop told IG. "Preparing ourselves, I see every day that the team spirit is growing. In Rotterdam we will certainly feel the pressure, but the support of the home audience will give us a lot of positive energy. We will demonstrate to the audience and the people that we are a professional team that is offering a lot of energy and time in the sport. For the team and especially for me, this tournament is an experience of a lifetime."

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