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LASER 4.7 ATHLETES

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LAILA VAN DER MEER
2000, student/athlete
National ranking: #2  & #1 girl
Best results: 7th 2017 Laser4.7 World Championship
8th 2017 Laser4.7 European Championship
17th 2016 Laser4.7 World Championship
From: Grou, The Netherlands
About: Laila was one of the best female Dutch Optimist sailors in recent years and has made the switch to Laser 4.7 in the winter of 2015. In only 6 months she was able to race among the top-10 Laser4.7 Girls in the world.

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TEUN IN DER MAUR
2001, student/athlete
National ranking: #1
Best results: 16th Laser4.7 World Championship
2017 Dutch National Champion Laser4.7
From: Zeist, The Netherlands
About: After being one the best Dutch Optimist sailors Teun made the transition into the Laser4.7 in 2016 and within 1 year of sailing lasers he became the best Laser4.7 sailor in the Netherlands!

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WILLEM WIERSEMA
2002, student/athlete
National ranking: #2
Best result: 34th 2017 Laser4.7 World Championship
From: Eastermar, The Netherlands
About: Willem has just made the transition from Optimist to Laser4.7 after only a few weeks in the boat he is already competing with the best Dutch Laser4.7 sailors.

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NIEK KAMPHERBEEK
2001, student/athlete
National ranking: 5th
Best results: 38th 2017 World Championship
From: Rhoon, The Netherlands
About: Niek was part of the Dutch National Optimist team and switched to Laser4.7 in 2016. He started training hard and quickly became a top10 finisher on the Dutch ranking. Now he is working to become one of the best Laser4.7 sailors!

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JULIAN HOFFMANN
2003, student/athlete
National ranking: #1 in Germany
Best result: 12th 2017 Laser4.7 World Championship
2017 German Champion Laser4.7
32nd 2017 Laser4.7 European Championship

From: Germany
About: Julian is one the most experienced 4.7 sailors as he started his sailing career in the Laser. He is now training hard in our Dinghycoach Team to develop his racing skills and fine tune is incredible technique. in 2017 Julian has won several Europa Cups and is now working towards a podium finish in the 2018 championships

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MAURITS VERMEULEN
2002, student/athlete
National ranking: #6
Best results: 97th 2017 World Championship
From: Den Dolder, The Netherlands
About: Maurits has just made the transition from Optimist to Laser4.7 after only half a season in the boat he is already competing with the best Dutch Laser4.7 sailors.

LASER RADIAL ATHLETES

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EMMA SAVELON
2000, student/athlete
Ranked: #6 & #1 girl
Best results: 4th 2017 Laser Radial Youth World Championship
2016 Laser4.7 WORLD CHAMPION
About: Emma has been sailing Lasers since 2014 and she has progressively improved the past year. She has started working with Dinghycoach late 2015 and has peaked in the Laser4.7 by becoming the 2016 Laser4.7 WORLD CHAMPION!
She now transitioned into the Laser Radial aiming to become one of the best!

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JULIA BÜSSELBERG
2000, student/athlete
from: Berlin, Germany
Best results: 7th 2017 Laser Radial Youth World Championship
4th 2017 Laser 4.7 World Championship
7th 2017 Laser4.7 European Championship
8th 2016 Laser4.7 World Championship
2016 German National Champion Laser4.7
About: Julia is one of the best Laser4.7 sailors around, after finishing consistently in the top10 of any World or European championship in 2016 and 2017. She has steadily progressed the past year in Radials and now wants to focus on balancing studying with the athletic lifestyle. Her dedication to school and being an athlete are admirable.

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PIET HEIN KRAAN
Age 16, student/athlete
Ranked: #5
About: Piet Hein was one of the top Laser 4.7 sailing in the Netherlands and has now made the transition into Laser Radial. After only 1 month with his new rig he is able to race in the top-10 in the Radial fleet in the Netherlands. He also has a growing business in smartphone accessories and Dinghycoach helps him to balance studying, work and life as an athlete.

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MARNIX BOS
Age 16, student/athlete
Ranked: #4
About: Marnix and his sister Sarah have started sailing in Switzerland and moved to the Netherlands in 2013. He has been steadily improving throughout his sailing career and wants to take the next step by putting all of his time into his sport.

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SARAH BOS
Age 16, student/athlete
Ranked: #15 & #4 girl
About: Sarah and her brother Marnix have started sailing in Switzerland and moved to the Netherlands in 2013. She is happy to be in the top-5 girls in the Netherlands and keen to improve the upcoming season!

PROGRAM COACHES

Pim Stumpel  Owner Dinghycoach

PIM STUMPEL
Program Head Coach
Age 28
About: Pim is responsible for the overall programs, the development of the athletes and setting their goals. He coaches the sailors on and off the water and makes sure they follow their pathway as it was set out for them.

Floris van de Werken Dinghycoach

FLORIS VAN DE WERKEN
Performance & Physical Coach
Age 21
About: Floris has a wealth of experience in high performance sailing. He has sailed competitively in the 49er and 49erFX youth as well as the foiling GC32 catamaran.
Floris is also the physical training and nutrition expert for our Athlete Performance Program.

Ben Koppelaar Head Coach Dinghycoach

BEN KOPPELAAR
Technical Expert
Ben has over 15 years experience in the Lasers as a sailors as well as a coach. He is also experienced in coaching at the highest level, the Olympics!
The Athlete Performance Program gives him the opportunity to use his expertise to the fullest and let sailors benefit from his laser specific knowledge.