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Tilburg University in Rio

Rio de Janeiro will be the center of the world for 17 days in August. During the Olympic Games, held there from August 5 to August 21, all eyes will be on the hosting city. In previous editions, Tilburg University alumni Tommy Mollet (London), Marcel Balkestein (London), Monique van der Lee (Barcelona), and Top Sports Coordinator Ferenc Jongejan (Sydney & Athens) could be seen in action, and it is quite possible that three Tilburg University students and alumni will compete in Rio during the 2016 Games.

Laura Nunnink Shona McCallin Shanne Braspennincx

Tilburg University will keep you posted on the developments

TiSEM students Laura Nunnink (field hockey) and Shanne Braspennincx (track cycling) were qualified for the Olympics. The same can be said for alumna Shona McCallin (TiSEM, graduated in 2014) and the British national team. Vice-World Champion Shanne Braspennincx has been recovered from a heart attack as a result of coronary thrombosis which she suffered last year.




  • 22 Aug 201611:30

    Gold for Shona! Gold for Shona!
    A major upset in the Olympic Women’s field hockey competition: Team Great Britain beat the number one of the world, Team NL, in a thriller of a match on Saturday night. Tilburg University alumna Shona McCallin was a big part of the GB team at midfield position. Read more

  • 19 Aug 201610:27

    Silver or Gold for Tilburg University Alumnus Silver or Gold for Tilburg University Alumnus
    Tilburg University alumna Shona McCallin (TiSEM) will be playing in the gold-medal match of the Olympic field hockey competition in Rio. Read more

  • 12 Aug 201616:06

    Shona is off to a great start with her team Great Britain Shona is off to a great start with her team Great Britain
    Shona and her team (Great Britain) are on a Demolition Course. Great Britain women’s fieldhockey team has had a great start at the Olympic Games. Read more

  • 09 Aug 201615:11

    Drama at the Olympics Drama at the Olympics
    Anyone who watched the thriller between the volleyball teams of the Netherlands and team USA at the Olympics last night could have seen a very familiar name on the floor; Balkestein, Maret Balkestein-Grothues. Maret (Captain of the Dutch Volleyball team) is married to Olympics Silver medalist Marcel Balkestein. Marcel is a Tilburg University Alumnus, and was added to the Wall of Fame of the Sport Center earlier this year. Read more

  • 08 Aug 201614:29

    Good start Shona McCallin at Olympics Good start Shona McCallin at Olympics
    Shona McCallin (Tilburg University Alumnus) had a good start at the Olympic Games in Rio. Read more

  • 03 Aug 201616:28

    Track Cyclist Shanne Braspennincx goes to Rio as a reserve Track Cyclist Shanne Braspennincx goes to Rio as a reserve
    TiSEM master student shanne Braspennincx has had a tumultuous year; in early 2015 she became vice-worldchampion Keirin. In the summer of 2015 Shanne got struck by a coronary thromboses, which took her a year to recover from. Read more

  • 08 Jul 201616:54

    Laura Nunnink goes to Rio Laura Nunnink goes to Rio
    Headcoach Alyson Annan has announced the roster for the Dutch women’s fieldhockey team for the Olympic Games of Rio. Read more

  • 05 Jul 201611:23

    Tilburg University Alumnus going to Rio Olympics Tilburg University Alumnus going to Rio Olympics
    TiSEM alumnus Shona McCallin has made the final cut for the British National Women’s Hockey team. She will be traveling to Rio within the next couple of weeks for the final preparations for the 2016 Olympics! Read more

  • 07 Jun 201611:19

    In preparation of the Olympic Games In preparation of the Olympic Games
    In preparation of the Olympic Games of Rio later this summer, something special occured this past week. Current Tilburg University student Laura Nunnink (TiSEM) faced Alumni student Shona McCallin (TiSEM) during 2 exhibition games between the Dutch and the British field hockey teams. Both teams won a game. 2-1 for Great-Brittain on Tuesday and 4-2 (shootouts) for the Dutch after a 1-1 tie in regulation. Read more